MY FIRST GIG

WHO: AVRIL LAVIGNE, NEW YORK, 2006 A 12-YEAR-OLD ALEX LU­CIANO SK8ER SAID ’SEE YOU LATER’ TO THOSE BOIS, AS AVRIL SHOWED HER THE WAY INTO PUNK…

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ALEX LU­CIANO,

DIET CIG “i was 12 years old and avril Lavigne was my first real con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence. i was up on the bal­cony, head­bang­ing, and think­ing it was so cool that she was rock­ing a tie on­stage. “i have a hazy mem­ory of the show, but i think she was to­tally shred­ding on gui­tar, though that could pos­si­bly have just been some­one from her band. i re­mem­ber think­ing that i wanted to be like her and skate­board and be a badass. at that age, i didn’t see a whole lot of women do­ing what she was do­ing, so she showed my 12-year-old self that you could be punk as fuck and a girl and do ev­ery­thing that the boys are do­ing. “i still like a cou­ple of her old jams, but i’m not a fan of her new mu­sic at all. i think, for sure, that she’s a gate­way artist for other bands. i later saw [singer­song­writer] Frankie cos­mos, which was my first DIY show. There were about 25 peo­ple in the room, and i was like,‘oh my god, i could do that.’ i later re­alised that the stu­dio that we recorded our ep and full-length record in was the same house in which i’d seen that show in!”

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