While other students were listening to Natascha Bedingfield and Shakira in 2006, I was listening to Simple Plan and Good Charlotte. I only owned three CDs: Simple Plan's No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls and Still Not Getting Any and Good Charlotte's Chronicles Of Life And Death. The constant teasing and misunderstood feelings were drowned out with the sound of Simple Plan's Still Not Getting Any being played on the bright green boom box in my room.
During my freshman year of college I had moved to a new location after going through a bad breakup. I didn't really fit in and felt really isolated and alone. Simple Plan's Get Your Heart On, released two years earlier, calmed me down and helped me gain control of my life.
Long story short, I would not be who am I today if not for Simple Plan. And though I've seen many influential bands this past year, I had still not seen my one true favorite band. I stalked Twitter waiting for the Canadian five-some to announce an American tour, but none appeared. Finally, after moving from Baltimore to Orlando, I saw that Simple Plan was making an appearance at a radio concert. I knew I had to go.
Orlando may still be recovering from a horrible weekend of shootings at Pulse and The Plaza Live, but that was not going to stop me from doing what I really love: attending and enjoying concerts. I figured this concert, right at home in Disney Springs, was a good place to start (it was my first concert in Orlando, no more weekly Baltimore Soundstage visits...). Simple Plan was performing with two other artists: Magic! (everyone knows their song "Rude") and Ingrid Michaelson (a beautiful indie singer/songwriter).
| || |
The set was all acoustic, which I did not realize at first, so Chuck Comeau was not there. They performed their better-known songs such as "Addicted", "Welcome To My Life", "Jet Lag", and "Perfect". They talked about how "Addicted" came out in 2002, way before Facebook, Twitter, and PornHub were a thing. They also performed "Shut Up", which was requested by a fan. They then played their newest single "Singing In The Rain", which has been making the rounds on the radio. They ended their set with the entire room singing "Perfect".
| || |
| || |
Simple Plan's newest album Taking One For The Team was released in February through Atlantic Recording. It hit #4 on the Canadian Billboard Albums Chart. It is available on iTunes and Spotify. Simple Plan will be performing tonight in Pittsburgh with Ingrid Michaelson and Magic!.