Avril Lavigne postpones Everett concert date

A case of laryngitis has complicated tour plans for Avril Lavigne, forcing the pop star to postpone her Saturday concert in Everett.

The singer, known for the chart-topping hit “Girlfriend,” decided to cut short the current leg of her tour after she struggled through a sound check in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday.

“Even though I have been resting my voice for days, when I tried to sing, nothing came out,” Lavigne said.

The Everett date of Lavigne’s “Best Damn Tour” was expected to draw thousands of fans to Comcast Arena at the Everett Events Center. The singer also postponed dates in Phoenix, Ariz., Spokane and throughout California.

Lavigne, 23, has been a radio mainstay since her 2002 debut, “Let Go.” In 2007, she was ranked at No. 8 on a Forbes list of top-earning young celebrities. Her income was listed as $12 million.

While her Everett show will be rescheduled, don’t expect a new date anytime soon. Lavigne begins a European tour May 26 and has concerts booked through Aug. 12.

A spokeswoman for Comcast Arena said old tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds, however, also are available at the point of purchase.

In a message to fans on her Web site, Lavigne apologized for the cancellations.

“This sux!” she wrote. “I am so sorry! I have been on the road for 60 days straight. I have had the flu 3 times and I never get sick, it just keeps going around. I think I am just run down.”

Reporter Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455 or e-mail arathbun@heraldnet.com

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