Who: Simple Plan with Cabbages and Kings and The Daisy Cutters
When: June 30th, 2017
Venue: George Street Stage
Where: St. John’s, NL
If you grew up in Canada in the early 2000’s it was next to impossible to not hear Simple Plan on the radio and with their busy touring schedule since then, you probably can’t say they haven’t played a show near you before either. I always seemed to just miss them, either I was too young, wasn’t in town or like in November, I had tickets to see them in Halifax and unfortunately, the tour was postponed due to Pierre being put on immediate vocal rest. Finally, this was my chance to see them.
The night started out with local group The Daisy Cutters, who were added to the bill less than a week before the show. I had always seen their name around various Facebook events but never got the chance to catch any of their shows until that night. They put off a great set and were super entertaining to watch, especially bassist Taylor Wall who was jumping around, looking like he was trying to get some extra cardio in that night.
After The Daisy Cutters came one of my favourite local acts, Cabbages and Kings. I’ve seen them so many times before and it really never gets old. I won’t lie, I definitely thought it was a weird mix to have them open for a pop punk band like Simple Plan but it ended up working pretty well. The crowd starting filling up and they were definitely hyped afterward.
Now, it’s not usually a thing where we talk about the time in between sets but I think it’d be a shame not to talk about this. Between Cabbages and Kings and Simple Plan, they switched up the music they normally play to what I assume to be a playlist from Simple Plan that included some really classic pop punk jams. The crowd got super hyped and sang along to “Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low, “Misery Business” by Paramore, “First Date” by Blink 182 and of course, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. My emo heart was happy.
Then it was what everyone was waiting for, Simple Plan hit the stage. Within the first song, Pierre had jumped off the stage and was on the barricade directly in front of me and I won’t lie, my 12 year old self was super excited when he sang a little bit of “Boom” to me and winked at me. They had a great stage presence with them all running around the stage and even making sure to pay attention to those on the sides and not just the ones in the front row. Chuck and Pierre even switch jobs for a bit and Chuck crowd surfs. If you haven’t seen them before and you’ve been listening to them for years, you’re in luck because they play a great mix of both old and new songs. Of course with the 15 year anniversary of No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls… this year, they play a ton of those songs including “I’d Do Anything”, “Perfect” and “Addicted”. My only downfall is that they didn’t play “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad” but that’s just for selfish reasons.
All in all, this show was a huge hit in the nostalgia and a ton of fun! I definitely suggest seeing Simple Plan even if you haven’t listened to any of their more recent songs.