Sing along with Simple Plan

Justin Brake
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Energetic show gave fans a good workout

If Simple Plan's plan was simple, every other band would successfully be following suit. The truth is, as simple as their formula seems - write catchy songs that translate well on stage and simply and straight-forwardly address the social issues of their young listeners - few bands can generate the same enthusiasm and relish in as many singalongs as the Montreal punk-pop quintet did Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

Fresh off their Asian tour, Simple Plan kicked off the Canadian leg of the tour in Newfoundland. It was their first show in St. John's (they played the Salmon Festival four years ago) and not likely their last.

Simple Plan lead singer, Pierre Bouvier leads the crowd in a raucous singalong at Mile One Centre Tuesday night. Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

If Simple Plan's plan was simple, every other band would successfully be following suit. The truth is, as simple as their formula seems - write catchy songs that translate well on stage and simply and straight-forwardly address the social issues of their young listeners - few bands can generate the same enthusiasm and relish in as many singalongs as the Montreal punk-pop quintet did Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

Fresh off their Asian tour, Simple Plan kicked off the Canadian leg of the tour in Newfoundland. It was their first show in St. John's (they played the Salmon Festival four years ago) and not likely their last.

Ticket sales paled in comparison to Avril Lavigne's packed houses last week, evident with the naked sections at the far end from the stage, but the band worked their fans into a frenzy insane enough to earn them "Best Effort" award of any performer to grace Mile One's stage - if such an award existed.

Opening with "Generation," a hip hop-infused number from their self-titled album released earlier this year, the band set a tone with a high intensity and a light show that was momentarily difficult to adjust to.

"Shut Up" and "Jump", both from the band's sophomore album "Still Not Getting Any," were early favourites. During the latter lead singer Pierre Bouvier commanded everyone to jump to as they belted out the tune.

"If everyone starts jumping when I say jump then the show will continue.

"Are we in Newfoundland?" the lead singer asked enthusiastically.

Needless to say, everyone jumped.

During "When I'm Gone," a few young girls were pulled out of the standing-room crowd near the front of the stage, demonstrating an important example of inappropriate rock concert apparel.

To those who haven't yet learned the lesson they did last night: don't wear flip flops in the pit. You'll have nothing but your bare feet to take you home.

"Addicted" was easily a highlight with the band bouncing around on stage while nailing down the catchy guitar riffs that made the song a single, and the audience joining in on the singing.

They showcased their foray into new musical territory with "The End" halfway through the set, and it sounded half decent, but the crowd's enthusiasm lacked in comparison to other non-singles from the latest record.

"Goodbye" and "Crazy" were surprise additions to the set as the band noted they hadn't played them live in some time.

"I'd Do Anything," one of Simple Plan's breakthrough hits from their debut album "No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls" closed out the set and left the tumultuous crowd wanting more.

The band saved fan favourites "Untitled," "I'm Just a Kid," and "Perfect" for the encore and sent a good many home in a sweat.

If there's an answer to the laziness epidemic abetted by excessive exposure to television and video games, Simple Plan has the answer: send your kids to our show.

Of the half-thousand or so concerts I've attended in my time, I've never seen as many people sing along to as many songs as at Mile One Tuesday night.

There's something to say about a band that can achieve that: congratulations.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Montreal, St. John's

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  • Sarah-Jane
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Could not agree more with you. I have been a fan since they performed at the salmon festival to the point where its kind of ridiculous of how much I love this band. I made a poster to bring that said Je T'aime SP which means I love you in french. But anyways...it was a great show.


    But just to let you know, they don't have a song called goodbye. I know one song that they said they didn't play much which they did perform and it was a slow song called Save You .

  • Sarah-Jane
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Could not agree more with you. I have been a fan since they performed at the salmon festival to the point where its kind of ridiculous of how much I love this band. I made a poster to bring that said Je T'aime SP which means I love you in french. But anyways...it was a great show.


    But just to let you know, they don't have a song called goodbye. I know one song that they said they didn't play much which they did perform and it was a slow song called Save You .