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Music Review: Simple Plan Rock Toronto’s Air Canada Centre

by music writer, guest blogger

Ten years ago no one would have thought that Simple Plan, a group of five rockers from Montreal who sing about how tough it is to be a kid, might one day be playing the Air Canada Centre to screaming fans. Last night in Toronto, the band proved that anything can happen when they rocked the stage to well deserved cheers.

When Mariana’s Trench hit the stage to start the show it was easy to forget that this wasn’t their concert. The screams exploded around the arena showing that maybe they aren’t too far off from playing their own ACC concert. They did not disappoint. The Vancouver band has come a long way since the first time I saw them. Popping out of a jack in the box in sparkling red pants, Josh Ramsey has enough showmanship for two bands. He completely explodes around the stage. He has the vocal talent to match all of that energy and it is almost wasted on his young fans. While he may have over sang the songs a touch this was his crowd for 40 minutes. Playing songs from their new release Ever After and Masterpiece Theatre, they are verging on greatness. I can’t wait to see what they do on their headlining tour.

After all of Mariana’s gimmicks, Simple Plan’s straightforward fun rock was a welcome change. These guys just use the perfect mix of fun and talent to grab their fans. Even if you weren’t instantly drawn in by their songs their genuine personalities will win you over. Simple Plan has some sort of fountain of youth. They barely seem to age, their music is always youthful and seeing them in concert makes me feel like I am 15 again. They allow you to let loose and sing along at the top of your lungs without fear of embarrassment.

They played songs from all of their albums, while bouncing around like younger versions of themselves. These are guys that you want to be friends with. They make everything seem carefree. They don’t mind getting a little silly by starting a dance party with covers of Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ Akon’s ‘Dynamite,’ and LMFAO’s ‘Sexy And I Know It.’ The whole place was a party when beach balls rained down on the crowd during ‘Summer Paradise.’ Fefe Dobson joined the fun to sing the female lead in their hit ‘Jet Lag.’

After 40 minutes, they had played their singles ‘Addicted To You’, ‘Jump,’ ‘Shut Up’ and not a single ballad to let the mood drop. It only slowed down when they played new songs ‘Astronaut’ and ‘This Song Saved My Life.’

To end the regularly scheduled part of the concert, bassist David Desrosiers stage dived during ‘I’d Do Anything’ to show there is still some punk rock left in them. The encore saw more of the same with the crowd singing along during ‘I’m Just A Kid’ and taking the lead for a beautiful moment during ‘Perfect.’

There will come a time in the near future where Simple Plan is going to have to grow up and act there age. But not today! So embrace it while you can.

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