Considering pop punk crew Simple Plan produced some of the greatest songs of the pop punk scene, the band are pretty underrated. Maybe it’s due to their incredibly experimental nature and weirder than weird collabs—notably their cameo in the Olsen twin’s movie, and their Sean Paul collaboration.
But tonight, The Forum is literally buzzing with excitement from loving fans. Tonight is the 15-year celebration of the band’s debut album No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls. And this crowd is beyond ready.
From the moment the band hit the stage, we feel like we’re smack dab in the middle of every teen comedy from the 90s. We may be partying to an album from 2002, but it’s definitely 90s through and through. And to make us even more nostalgic, singer Pierre Bouvier and drummer Chuck Comeau are sporting ‘Role Model’ shirts—a staple of SP’s wardrobe in the early 2000s.
From first track ‘I’d Do Anything’, the crowd is screaming, singing and clapping along—and it doesn’t stop there. As the band work through their punchy, angst-ridden tracklist, the crowd respond to every note with cheering and wooing. Even more wooing, and most probably some inappropriate touching, occurs when singer Pierre jumps into the crowd and sings directly to the squashed fans.
Pop punk jumping and energetic screaming are non-stop when ‘I’m Just A Kid’ is played, and the sing-along is almost deafening. Simple Plan are not only a talented band, that haven’t missed a beat in their 18-year career, they are also a pretty funny one. Their onstage banter is youthful and hilarious and even earns them a few bits of underwear—we honestly didn’t know girls still threw bras on stage! How retro. We really are taking it back to the 90s/early 00s!
The band says some lovely words about missing bassist David Desrosiers, but assure us he is still a member of the band and that they love him very much. The sweetness continues as the band thanks the crowd for being here and still loving this album after 15 years.
Between the intermissions to show off their language skills, Pierre and Chuck switching roles, and some crowd surfing from Chuck, they play the energetic ‘Grow Up’ and a partly acoustic version of ‘Perfect’. The band do the typical leaving song and dance and then return to play a few more of their popular songs like ‘Shut Up’, ‘Jump’, and newer track ‘Boom’.
From start to finish Simple Plan blew us away. They haven’t lost any of their spunky pop punk charms, and we love them for it. And you know what? It wasn’t even that weird hearing grown men sing “one day / I’ll be old enough to do what I want to”…. we said it wasn’t that weird.