THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS WHICH SOME READERS MIGHT PREFER TO AVOID.
On March 5th,2016, the Canadian punk rock band Simple Plan cheered up their fans with both their new songs from the album,Taking One for the Team (which is also the name of the world tour) in Prague for the third time and CelebMix was there! We can assure you, they’re the bomb!
A huge amount of fans had waited in front of the Incheba arena in the cold weather for hours. When the lucky people with soundcheck tickets got inside, one of Simple Plan‘s opening acts, British pop-punk band called The Bottom Line, did a 30-minute long acoustic session in front of the arena.
The Bottom Line were also the first opening act that got on stage. They performed some of their own songs, Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ and also one song by Simple Plan.
The second opening act was Ghost Town, an electronic rock band from Los Angeles, who took the stage for almost an hour!
Soon after that, the guys of Simple Plan (Pierre Bouvier, Sébastien Lefebvre, Chuck Comeau, David Desrosiers, Jeff Stinco) dominated the stage, opening with their new single ‘Opinion Overload’.
The setlist consisted of both old hits and new songs and the fans didn’t hang back and sang every word of every song at the top of their lungs! As soon as the band started playing the song ‘Jump’ from their second studio album Still Not Getting Any, the crowd went crazy and of course, everybody was jumping. The band even covered a part of Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ in the middle of ‘Jump’.
Even though there are a lot of opinions claiming that Simple Plan “isn’t very punk rock anymore” and that they’re more of a pop band now, it didn’t definitely sound or look like that, though, their covers of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ might cause a bit of controversy. However, the audience obviously didn’t mind at all, judging, by the way, everyone seemed to be enjoying it.
The last song happened to be one of the band’s most famous songs, ‘Perfect’, which started as an acoustic version with only Pierre singing and playing the guitar and needless to say, everyone got very emotional.
Again, Simple Plan proved that after after more than sixteen years of being Simple Plan, they still enjoy it the same, if not even more. we cannot wait to see the band again next time they’re on tour!
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