It’s rare to find bands still together after 15 years, but Simple Plan has just done that. Simple Plan has original band members after 15 years. They are best friends constantly doing tours and travelling around the world. Seems like the perfect life for a musician.
I have been a big fan of Simple Plan since I was 16- years-old, so I was speechless when I found out that Simple Plan was performing at the Fillmore Charlotte. I bought my tickets a month in advance since there was a chance that the tickets will be sold out. When it was finally the concert date, I was met with other Set It Off and Simple Plan fans. We were all excited to finally watch them perform; we waited years to watch them perform, and now we had the once-in- a- lifetime opportunity.
The opening band for Simple Plan was Set It Off. The band is from Tampa, Florida. It was the first time I heard of the band, but I liked their energy. They played songs off their new album, “Upside Down.” My favorites were “Upside Down” and “Hypnotized.” Cody, the lead singer of Set It Off would include the audience’s participation; He would let the audience sing some parts of the songs. There were some big fans in the audience, so it was enjoyable to experience people singing along and screaming their heads off whenever they would play their favorite song.
“I appreciate the energy that you guys were giving off while we were performing,” said Cody, “It’s what keeps us playing. The connection between the audience and the band is what inspires us to keep touring.”
The audience was feeling anxious and excited to finally watch Simple Plan perform, so the Fillmore played familiar punk rock songs such as “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard and “All the Small Things” by Blink-182. The audience would sing along to the songs playing. The music helped the wait become more bearable.
When Simple Plan finally emerged, girls screamed their lungs off out of pure excitement. The band started off with their most popular song, “I’m Just a Kid.” Then, they went on to play their other popular songs, such as “Crazy,” “Your Life is a Lie,” “Shut Up,” “Welcome to my Life,” “Perfect,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Boom.” They mostly played old songs since their tour was the 15th anniversary. I would have liked to hear them play “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You,” “Untitled (How Can This Happen to Me)” and “When I’m Gone.”
The audience had great energy. People would crowd surf whenever the more upbeat songs were playing. Even Chuck, the drummer for Simple Plan, crowd surfed when the rest of the band played “Grow Up.” The whole concert was a great experience and I definitely want to watch them play again.
If you missed Simple Plan’s concert do not worry! Pierre Bouvier, lead singer of Simple Plan, said that he enjoyed Charlotte’s energy so much that they are planning to come back sometime in the near future.