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Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker perform Bite Me on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Tonight Show viewers celebrated nostalgia as Avril Lavigne performed new single Bite Me – with the help of blink-182's Travis Barker.

Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker perform Bite Me on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Words:
Emily Carter

Avril Lavigne hit The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night with collaborator Travis Barker to perform new single Bite Me.

The track – which the pop-punk star said last week came about from feeling like it was "just time to rock again" – sounded huge on the show, with viewers enjoying the nostalgia and being reminded of Avril's explosion in the early ’00s.

"A year where nostalgia hits hard with artists dropping music you needed," wrote one YouTube commenter, while another enthused that: "Avril Lavigne is like a time machine, listen to her song and for three minutes I'm eighteen again."

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Avril recently told Zane Lowe of Bite Me: "Even though I’m reflecting on past stuff I’ve been through in relationships with love. Let’s face it – love’s not easy, right? And, I mean I’ve been through the ringer so, yeah, I’m writing about it again… and I feel like Bite Me is kind of about a guy wanting a second chance but not giving him the time of day because, you know, you did before… It didn’t work out, and having that self respect."

Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performance below:

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Last week, Avril also reflected of 20 years of her debut album Let Go: "I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary next year for my first album. So I’ve been doing this professionally for 20 years. Yeah. It’s crazy. People come up to me and they’re like, 'Oh my God, I grew up listening to you,’ or, 'I started music because of you.’ And it’s super-humbling and it’s really cool.

"And I’m stoked that pop-punk music, it’s coming back around right now and people are falling back in love with it. And it’s almost in a weird way, it feels bigger than ever right now."

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