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Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray threw it back to Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream bop “The One That Got Away” with a new onstage cover.

On April 7, during Rodrigo’s stop at Vancouver’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on her sold-out Sour Tour, Gray joined her to cover the song and turn it into a harmony-rich duet.

“We’re so happy we can be together today!” Rodrigo told the audience after the “Maniac” singer came onstage. “If you know me and Conan, you know that our favorite thing to do is get in the car and play music and sing along, so we thought we’d sing one of those songs for you guys.”

The singers took a seat side-by-side as Gray introduced the song: “Olivia and I’s favorite song to sing is a song called ‘The One That Got Away’ by Katy Perry,” he said, which elicited enthusiastic screams and cheers from the crowd. He continued: “We’ve sung this song on her bedroom floor many times, so we thought we would sing it for you guys today.”

The pop-star best friends performed the song, accompanied by Gray’s acoustic guitar playing. Fans sang along loudly to every word of the stripped-down cover.

The pair met up as their respective tours coincided — Gray is currently on his own headlining world tour and performed at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theater that same night. They also spent their time together re-creating an iconic Twilight scene in a hilarious viral TikTok, which was posted to Gray’s account and now has more than 17 million views.

Perry’s “The One That Got Away” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012 as the sixth single from her blockbuster 2010 album Teenage Dream.

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At 19 years old, Olivia Rodrigo has three Grammys, two Hot 100 No. 1s, and as of Tuesday night (April 5), a headlining world tour.

Rodrigo kicked off her highly anticipated Sour tour with a sold-out show in Portland, Ore., and made her fans happy by delivering a setlist that left out none of the 11 tracks on her hit debut album Sour. There was even time for two covers, and so the “Deja Vu” singer filled the space with not one, but two punk pop/rock hits from the ’90s and early ’00s: Avril Lavigne‘s “Complicated” and Veruca Salt‘s “Seether.”

According to Rolling Stone, “Complicated” was the fourth song in the show and came right after Rodrigo’s mega hit “Drivers License.” It’s a fitting follow-up to a ballad themed around driving when you consider Lavigne’s iconic lyric “I like you the way you are, when we’re driving in your car,” which the pop prodigy earnestly performed while sitting on top of a piano.

After scaling through a few more Sour tracks — including a mashup of “Enough for You” and the Taylor Swift-sampling “1 Step Forward 3 Steps Back” — Rodrigo strutted up and down the stage for her rendition of Veruca Salt’s gritty alt-rock banger “Seether.” She reportedly thanked her mom for introducing her to the band, which could have easily influenced her own edgier songs like “Good 4 U.”

The ’90s rockers were excited to see the young pop star cover their hit song, which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart in 1994. “We’ve been belting out #brutal and #good4u in the car nonstop for the past year,” the group tweeted on Monday, along with a clip of the performance. “This made our day, @oliviarodrigo.”

Lavigne also caught wind of the cover of her song. She simply retweeted video of it and captioned her tweet with an orange heart and black heart emojis.

With the Portland show in the books, Rodrigo has 39 more stops to go. She and her opening acts — Gracie Abrams, Holly Humberstone and Baby Queen — will trek through venues across the United States and Europe between now and the first week of July.

These venues are notably all theaters that only seat a few thousand audience members, as opposed to arenas that would be able to fit more of Rodrigo’s millions of listeners. She explained this choice, which saddened some fans who were unable to score tickets, in a December interview with the Los Angeles Times, saying, “I don’t think I should skip any steps.”

Set List:
“Brutal”
“Jealousy, Jealousy”
“Drivers License”
“Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
“Hope Ur OK”
“Enough for You”/”1 Step Forward 3 Steps Back”
“Happier”
“Seether” – Veruca Salt
“Favorite Crime”
“Traitor”
“Deja Vu”
“Good 4 U”

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Olivia Rodrigo on her upcoming tour and SOUR film

Olivia Rodrigo discusses her upcoming tour and recounting the creation of the album through “Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u.”


Olivia Rodrigo Appears on Good Morning America

Olivia Rodrigo talks new movie, driving home 2 u. The seven-time Grammy nominee is also about to hit the road on a new world tour.


Olivia Rodrigo

The biggest new artist of 2021 on her upcoming film, first-ever tour, and recording new music

Olivia Rodrigo’s past year has been nothing short of triumphant. Beginning with the smash success of her debut single drivers license, she’s become one of the most interesting and evocative new stars in pop music, not to mention the biggest. Her album Sour, released last May, built on the emotional promise of drivers license, but injected it with surprisingly punk-y energy, like on hit single good 4 u and opening track brutal. The album hit number one, went platinum, and netted the 19-year-old seven Grammy nominations.

There was just one issue: Thanks to the pandemic, Rodrigo barely got to perform live for her fans. Now, she’s solving that problem in two ways. Her first ever tour starts next month, the headlining Sour trek. But before that, she’s partnered with Disney+ for the film Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film), which will be released on the streaming platform March 25. Structured like a road trip between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, the special features live performances of Sour tracks, intimate interviews about the songs, and behind-the-scenes footage shot during recording sessions with producer Dan Nigro.

“For a year, I filmed a show in Salt Lake City,” she says, referring to the Disney series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. “So I started writing there and ended writing and producing [the album] in L.A.” She re-created the trip between the cities late last year for the film, stopping in spots like the Mojave Airplane Boneyard and the Red Rock Canyon State Park. “You get to see the beautiful scenic drive.”

Going back and watching the footage of herself recording Sour with Nigro was its own kind of journey. The pair installed a GoPro in the L.A. studio where they worked soon after “Drivers License” was released. They were still very much finishing up the album, and the camera captures them picking apart arrangements, lyrics, and song order as it gets down to the wire.
“When you put out an album or put out singles, they take on an entirely different meaning. I think that’s the beautiful part about music,” she explains. “It was really interesting to go back and watch footage of when the songs are kind of beginning to form. I think there’s magic to that creative process, and they’re really fond memories in my life.”

Many of the live performances in the film are made even more special by the all-girl band Rodrigo has assembled. Together they perform even more rock-focused arrangements of the songs, upping the grunge-y kick of tracks like brutal and jealous, jealousy. Most of the band should be joining the singer on her upcoming tour, which starts just days after the film is released. “I think it’s so cool to watch women in rock, and I feel like there’s probably not enough of that shown in the media,” she adds.

That tour will be Rodrigo’s first ever. Back when she appeared on Rolling Stone’s cover alongside Alanis Morissette, she asked the icon about what it’s like to be on the road. Now, it’s finally happening, and Rodrigo is both a little nervous and very excited. “It’s a brand-new experience for me that I’ve never really had a test of, so it’s going to be really fun,” she says. “I put out my music in the isolation of COVID, so I’ve gotten to play very, very little shows. I’m excited to see my fans in real life. There’s something so special about that that can’t be captured by social media and technology.”

When she thinks of concert experiences she’s had that she wants to emulate for her fans, Lorde’s Melodrama tour comes to mind. “I was 14, and it was so incredible and so artful,” she reminisces. “I remember walking out of the Staples Center and being like, ‘I want to make a show and a piece of art that transports you.’ That was the gold standard for me.”

For Rodrigo, the film provides two important elements to the impending end of her Sour “era.” For friends and fans who can’t make the tour, they can still at least get a taste of what the songs will sound like on tour. driving home 2 u is also a victory lap for her debut album. She even added a previously unreleased song to the end credits, a scrapped and still-in-progress iPhone demo that currently doesn’t have a name. “I was listening to some of them and heard it and thought, ‘Oh, it’s kind of good!’ With the film, I wanted people to have a new bit of Sour content with it.”

As for the next chapter, she’s already been back in the studio working on her second LP, trying to get as much done as possible before hitting the road. “It felt like a closing chapter for me,” she adds. “I’m so, so excited to put out new music and to create the next set of worlds.”

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