Sim­ple Plan asks China fans to go crazy

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By CHEN­NAN chen­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

French-Cana­di­an­bandSim­ple Plan will re­turn to China with three shows later this month.

Sup­port­ing its fifth al­bum, Tak­ing One for the Team, which was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, the shows — one in Bei­jing and two in Shang­hai — are part of the pop-punk group’s on­go­ing Tak­ing One for the TeamTour 2016, which started in Madrid im­me­di­ately af­ter the al­bum was un­veiled.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to be in China. Our Chi­nese fans have been great since the be­gin­ning. We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing there again and see­ing fa­mil­iar faces, en­joy­ing the awe­some food and cul­ture that we al­ready know so well,” lead vo­cal­ist Pierre Bouvier tells China Daily over email.

The band per­formed on the Chi­nese main­land in 2012 and the fol­low­ing year.

Both shows were suc­cess­ful.

“Pure mad­ness,” Bouvier says of fan ex­pec­ta­tions from the up­com­ing shows. “We love to get the party started and the set list that we have is great for that. We want fans to get in­volved in the show so we also ex­pect crazi­ness from you guys. We ba­si­cally feed off you. The cra­zier you get, the bet­ter the show will be.”

Be­sides the band’s sin­gle hits, in­clud­ingWel­come toMy Life and Jet Lag, they will per­form tracks from their lat­est al­bum, Tak­ing One for the Team, which range from heavy punk gui­tars and drums to reg­gae and al­ter­na­tive.

With the new al­bum, the band showed lots of per­sonal growth both as a group and in­di­vid­ual mem­bers.

Sim­ple Plan started in mid1990s in Mon­treal, where class­mates Bouvier and drum­merChuck­Comeaumet in high school. In 1999, gui­tarists Jeff St­inco and Se­bastien Lefebvre joined in.

It’s been al­most five years since the­ban­dreleased its last Tak­ing al­bum, Get Your Heart On!, and a lot has hap­pened in the lives of mem­bers since then.

“I’m mo­ti­vated by hav­ing my lit­tle girls watch me play mu­sic and come to the shows. I have a stu­dio in the back of my house. They pop in and they’re like, ‘Hey Daddy! Whatcha do­ing?’” says Bouvier, adding that he is ex­cited to see that his daugh­ters are in­ter­ested in what he is do­ing and doesn’t want them to later think their dad “used to be in a band peo­ple liked”.

“Our drum­mer Chuck (Comeau) al­ways talks about it. We want our kids to be able to­come­see us whilewe’re still do­ing well,” he adds.

Af­ter 17 years as a group, the band mem­bers have shared much.

“The mes­sage is re­ally on point these days. The world is not al­ways a beau­ti­ful place, but it’s im­por­tant to al­ways keep go­ing,” Lefebvre says, adding that Singing in the Rain is his fa­vorite num­ber from the lat­est al­bum.

Sim­ple Plan made a name with its pop-punk sounds and songs about love and breakup af­ter re­leas­ing the de­but al­bum No Pads, NoHel­mets ... Just Balls.

“Breakup songs are such an in­stru­men­tal part of pop or punk. We shouldn’t limit our­selves to not write these songs that are such a part of our style just be­causewe’re hap­pily in love (now). We just dive back into peo­ple that we were in love with in the past,” Bouvier says. that

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