Last night in Denver, Simple Plan served a heavy dose of nostalgia with their 2002 release, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, taking many of us back to our angsty teenage days. Pierre Bouvier hollered out to a sold out, raging crowd, “It’s been 15 f-cking years!” He then asked if we could believe its been that long, and I, for one, couldn’t. I remember getting Simple Plan’s iconic, anthem-filled record No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls in middle school, blasting “Addicted” through my old school CD player, making both Pierre and I–along with many others in the crowd–feel old, but as he pointed out, at least we still have our hair.
Over the course of the night, the Summit Music Hall would sing along to the soundtrack of their youth, sending praise to a band that has given us all so many laughs and memories over the years. Coming along with them to the party were Set It Off and Seaway, who added further energy and awesomeness to this pop punk frenzy. Witness the best day ever and marvel at their high energy, charismatic performances.
Back in 2002, Simple Plan were breaking hearts with No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Flash-forward to 2017, and they are still breaking hearts with their most recent release, Taking One for The Team. As their covers would suggest, not much has changed over 15 years. Their sold out show in Denver last night gave even further support to that claim as they came out full of seemingly infinite energy, clearly buzzing to play for their fans. From the get go, they performed with an intense passion, bringing new life to every word and note of songs from days past. Nostalgia filled all of our hearts as Simple Plan filled our ears with the choruses and melodies that got us through middle/high school.
Opening up the night was “I’d Do Anything”, which rang out warmly, comforting you with its unwavering familiarity. Pierre’s delivery of the lyric flawless as he sings, “I’d do anything, Just to hold you in my arms, To try to make you laugh, Somehow I can’t put you in the past.” His signature tone eliciting excitement throughout the entire room all the while making us laugh with his goofy and lovable personality. Next to him, Jeff Stinco and Sébastien Lefebvre are on the ground amicably dueling each other with their guitars. Meanwhile, David Desrosiers is at the front of the stage, reaching his bass out towards the crowd with a gigantic smile on his face. Behind them all, Chuck Comeau is drumming like his life depends on it. His infectious, upbeat personality coming through in every beat of the drum and expression on his face. From all corners of the stage, Simple Plan are hamming it up and living in the moment. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and that allows them to truly shine on stage.
Though the “The Worst Day Ever” punched out next, the crowd was busy having the best day ever. Every member emoting the longing that exists within the song through their instruments. In front of them, the crowd is chanting along to every word, wishing summer would just get here already. Though the crowd interaction was amazing to watch over the course of the show, particularly in songs like “The Worst Day Ever”, the interaction between the band was even more catching to witness. They weren’t just enjoying the moment with their fans, they were enjoying the moment with one another. That’s something extremely rare to be a part of. At the end, every member stood amongst a flood of white and blue light dabbing, raising laughs from the crowd. That positive, fun energy continued to thrive throughout the entirety of their set.
Another breakout performance came with “Addicted”, which provided a memorable moment for everyone who grew up with No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. The crowd thunderously rose together as one to yell out, “Heartbreaker”, along with Pierre who emoted every word into the mic. It was here that the everlasting power of Simple Plan really broke through by showing that though this album may have origins in the early 00’s, its timelessness has allowed it to surpass the point of nostalgia; Making it something that will stick with us all for the rest of our lives.
As the role models of pop punk’s show came to a triumphant-yet-sad close, we left the Summit Music Hall completely elated, feeling like nothing could bring us down. We may just be kids at heart that are afraid to grow up, but in that brief and fabulous hour or so, Simple Plan made us feel like we were much more than that as we celebrated 15 years of a band that has made our lives that much better. Check out their killer, sold out show below.
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