SIMPLE PLAN 1/6/12
HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
The morning before taking the stage on the first night of winter, Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier tweeted: “Australia!! We’re here! Let’s party!”
He wasn’t kidding.
If there’s one word to describe their gig, I’d have to use that precise word. The Canadian quintet kicked off their 2012 Australian Tour here in Sydney on Friday night and brought with them more energy than the teenage girls who invaded Martin Place to catch a glimpse of One Direction two months ago.
After kicking off the show with the customary, passion-filled “Shut Up!” and a string of other hits to keep the audience jumping (one song, “Jump”, is particularly devoted to the action), Pierre announces his mission for the creation of a new race – the Austranadians. The band has never hid their affection for the Land Down Under. Their last Australian tour was just last year, and they had vowed to return within 12 months. Mission accomplished.
While the unstoppable flow of catchy pop-punk hits kept the crowd pumped all night long, it was their two medleys that really floated my boat. The first, dubbed the “Party Medley”, consisted of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” – a 2012 upgrade from last year’s “F*ck You” (Cee Lo Green) and “Raise Your Glass” (P!nk). The dance-floor hits effectively transformed the pavilion to a club and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t regard it as one of the best moments of my life.
The second medley featured a mash-up of the band’s songs from their first album specially for the old school fans. Being said old school fan, I chanted the lyrics enthusiastically as the newer fans surrounding me bopped along quietly.
“Summer Paradise”, which has been certified two times platinum in Australia, reignited the crowd’s passion with dozens of beach balls bouncing amongst the audience. After an explosive encore with new hit “Loser of the Year” and the iconic and ever-relatable “I’m Just A Kid”, Pierre performed two songs acoustically to wind down before Chuck Comeau on drums, Sebastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco on guitar and David Desrosiers on bass invaded the stage to mark an emphatic end to the show.
As said by Pierre Bouvier himself, Simple Plan’s angst-ridden, yet positive and infectious songs are relatable whether you’re 13, 25 or 40, so next time they’re in town, ignore preconceptions of the band being too “high school” and Get Your Heart On! for a pumpin’ good time.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★