Avril Lavigne cancelled out her appearance with The Backstreet Boys on June 6 in Oklahoma City due to health issues. The Canuck punk-pop princess had been appearing as a very special guest artist on BSB's current U.S. leg of their In a World Like This Tour.
According to a review posted June 7 at Antiquiet.com, the "Sk8terboi" hitmaker was scheduled to open the bill at OKC's Chesapeake Energy Arena, but fell ill and had to be admitted to hospital at the last minute. The BackStreet Boys went ahead with the performance despite the absence of the ailing 29-year-old Napanee, Ont. native.
The specifics of Lavigne's health issue were not made clear. In an update posted to her Facebook page, the multi-Juno Award winner writes," Hi. I ended up going to the hospital. I'm sorry I couldn't play last night. I'm resting and will do my best to get up for the show! Thank u."
Lavigne seems to have recovered and rejoined the tour at the BSB show on June 7 in Kansas City at Starlight Theatre. Posting to her Twitter account, she tweets, "Feeling better. Here we go Kansas City!" The next scheduled stop is June 9 in Omaha, Neb. at CenturyLink Center Arena. The U.S. leg winds up June 22 in Wantagh, N.Y. at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
.Lavigne had an unexpected V.I.P. in the audience at her show May 30 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The Canuck punk pop princess and hubby, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, received a surprise visit from fellow Canuck superstar Shania Twain. The 48-year-old Windsor, Ont. native was in Vegas and had a night off from her hugely successful AEG Live produced Shania Twain: Still the One residency at the Colosseum in Caesar's Palace.
Lavigne is currently touring in support of her self-titled fifth studio album, which was released in Nov. 2013. Following her trek with BSB, she will continue her solo tour in Canada on June 24 in Orillia, Ont. at Casino Rama Entertainment Centre. See AvrilLavigne.com or Backstreet Boys.com for more details.