Nekrogoblikon guitarist Joe Nelson joins Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker and blackbear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Avril Lavigne
(Image credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube)

Pop-punk, hip-hop and melodic death metal had an unexpected collision on Monday (February 28) when Avril Lavigne was joined by blackbear, Nekrogoblikon guitarist Joe Nelson and Travis Barker for a performance of Love It When You Hate Me – from her new album Love Sux – on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The performance itself is quintessentially pop-punk, with Nelson forgoing his usual gritty death electric guitar riffs in place of the track's chuggy feel-good powerchords, which he serves wielding an Ibanez AZ. Check it out below.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.