Simple Plan, State Champs, and We the Kings join forces for ‘Where I Belong’

Is it true that bands that play together stay together? Well, it looks like that may be the case when it comes to the guys in Simple Plan, State Champs, and We the Kings.

On Friday (Oct. 11), the three groups (and soon-to-be tour mates) unleashed their collaborative new song “Where I Belong.” Taking inspiration from all three bands’ sound, the three-minute tune gives us some of that summertime/Vans Warped Tour vibes with pop-punky goodness.

Listen to “Where I Belong” above.

The song comes a day after all three bands had one job: to break some “super important news.

The first to get enlisted were the guys from Simple Plan. Sadly, every single member was busy doing something that needed their “undivided attention (hi David, it’s great to see you’re back and busy eating a banana).

When they finally had a moment to break the news, they had to head on stage for a show. Instead, they decided to leave the job to the guys in State Champs.

Like the dudes in Simple Plan, State Champs were also a little preoccupied. We understand entirely as building trust with a judgmental kitten and documentaries are super important.

Like Simple Plan before, the guys in State Champs left the job to the guys in We the Kings. Frontman Travis Clark was the one to answer the call, but like everyone before, something went wrong. First, it was a collection letter from the toll pass (we’re assuming this is Florida, so SunPass). Then it was a letter from his daughters’ school.

After asking his wife where the “super important announcement” document is, he opens it only to find out his kids got to it first. What can you do?

Watch all three failed attempts here, here, and here.

The three acts are set to hit the road later this month. The joint trek kicks off on Oct. 29 at the National in Richmond, Virginia and wraps up on Nov. 24 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

SIMPLE PLAN / STATE CHAMPS / WE THE KINGS TOUR DATES:

10/29 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10/30 – Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore Silver Springs
10/31 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
11/02 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
11/04 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/05 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
11/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
11/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
11/16 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/17 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
11/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

We the Kings extend upcoming fall tour schedule

We the Kings’ fall itinerary is already filled with tour dates, so what’s another handful of gigs?

On Friday (Sept. 6), the Florida-founded act announced plans to embark on a short, headlining fall tour. Simply dubbed the “We the Kings Fall 2019 Tour,” the newly announced outing will include shows sporadically spread throughout October, November, and December.

The first round of shows begin on Oct. 24 at The Beacham in Orlando and conclude a few days later on Oct. 28 at The Underground in Charlotte, North Carolina. The second set of shows will begin on Nov. 26 in Portland (the venue is still TBA) and end on Dec. 6 at Crowbar in Tampa.

Tickets for the upcoming shows are currently available on We the Kings’ website.

The new tour dates come a month after the band announced that they would hit the road this fall with Simple Plan and State Champs on their co-headlining tour. That upcoming excursion kicks off on Oct. 29 at the National in Richmond, Virginia and wraps up on Nov. 24 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

We the Kings have spent the last couple of years on the down-low. To celebrate their debut album’s tenth anniversary, they released Self-Titled Nostalgia in 2017. The record featured reworked versions of all the songs that appeared on 2007’s We the Kings.

The following year, they released their fan-funded album, Six.

During the band’s quiet time, frontman Travis Clark has been keeping busy. Recently, the vocalist joined forces with Avril Lavigne to work on her comeback single “Head Above Water.”

WE THE KINGS FALL 2019 TOUR DATES:

Oct. 24 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Oct. 25 – Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
Oct. 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Oct. 27 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Nov. 26 – Portland, OR – TBA
Nov. 27 – Seattle, WA – TBA
Nov. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
Nov. 30 – Denver, CO – TBA
Dec. 1 – Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
Dec. 2 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
Dec. 3 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Dec. 4 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Dec. 5 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Dec. 6 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Slam Dunk 2019 add Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Saves the Day

Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day are just some of the latest additions to the 2019 Slam Dunk Festival lineup. On Tuesday (Nov. 20) festival organizers took to social media to announce the addition of 11 more acts that will make their way to the United Kingdom for the annual, springtime music festival.

“Being asked to headline Slam Dunk off the back of Gravity is a massive compliment on how diverse our band is, we’re very happy and honored that we get regarded as a headliner for Slam Dunk,” Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck told Metal Hammer about the recently announced news.

Mirroring Tuck’s sentiment is Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley: “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk next year! It’s always a blast to come overseas and sing Saves songs with all our fans. See you soon!!”

In addition to Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day, Glassjaw, Knocked Loose, the Get Up Kids, Turnstiles, Tiny Moving Parts, the Menzingers, I Don’t Know How But They Found Meand Slam Dunk veterans Trophy Eyes will round out the second wave of performers.

The newest additions will join previously announced acts All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of the Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies, and Silverstein on the upcoming event’s roster.

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2019 are currently available on the event’s website here.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.

SLAM DUNK 2019 SECOND WAVE:

Bullet for My Valentine
Simple Plan
Saves the Day
Glassjaw
Knocked Loose
The Get Up Kids
Turnstiles
Tiny Moving Parts
Trophy Eyes
The Menzingers
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

Simple Plan shows their ‘Balls’ during Ft. Lauderdale tour stop

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Growing up in the early 2000s, you couldn’t help but see how pop-punk bands were starting to infiltrate the radio and television airwaves. Music videos from artists like blink-182 and Good Charlotte were in high rotation on TRL while some of their biggest hits made their way onto top 20 radio. Almost 20 years since the pop-punk heyday, some bands have disbanded, others have gone on hiatus, and others have managed evolve and adapt with the times while still staying true to their roots. One of those with an ever-changing, but still truly pop-punk sound is Simple Plan.

On Sunday (March 19), the Canadian five-piece made their way to Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale to kick off their No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th anniversary tour. The tour was announced to celebrate the release of the band’s debut album 15 years before. The record was released in the spring of 2002 and has been certified as double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also reached the number 35 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the Canadian Albums Chart. Not too shabby for a bunch of boys from Montréal.

Walking into Revolution Live, it was easy to see how the place was overrun by a bunch of twenty-somethings ready to revert to their teenaged selves for a couple of hours. The small night club was packed to the point that the sensation of body heat could be felt at the venue’s entry way. It didn’t matter how many people were crammed into the tight quarters because for those who were fortunate to get a ticket, they were happy just to be there.

Ontario five-piece Seaway began the anniversary celebration. The group released their second studio album Colour Blind back in 2015 and have been touring relentlessly behind its release. Their set included several tracks from their discography before treating the crowd to a cover of Fountain of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom.” The cover quickly turned into a spirited sing-along as almost everyone in the venue took part. Talk about a flashback to the 2000s.

After Seaway’s set came to an end, the crew quickly readied the stage for Tampa-based band, Set It Off. The Floridian four-piece took the stage and gave an energetic show playing some old tunes as well as newer songs from their recently released record, Upside Down. Frontman Cody Carson showed his high-energy spirit as he ran up and down the stage throughout the set. At one point, he climbed on top a tall monitor on the stage and jumped right off, sticking his landing. Following a few more songs, Set It Off’s set came to an end. What was surprising was how many people in attendance actually knew more than one song from either band. Usually, supporting acts do not receive the same type of love as headliners typically do. For Seaway and Set It Off, you could clearly see how many South Floridian fans they truly have.

While Simple Plan’s technicians hit the stage to get it prepared, the venue began playing songs that could have easily found a home on someone’s long-lost iPod classic. The playlist was an emo kid’s dream with songs from Panic! at the Disco, blink-182, Paramore, and even The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” blasted through the speakers. The only non-emo song featured on the list was Will Smith’s “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It.” The catchy 1997 tune could have easily been that guilty pleasure that embarrassingly always plays at the wrong time

A little before 9 p.m., the speakers quieted, the lights dimmed, and the guys from Simple Plan ran on stage one by one to officially kick off the show and the North American tour. Jumping on a box at the foot of the stage was frontman Pierre Bouvier as he, and the rest of the guys, launched into the opening track of the evening and of No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, “I’d Do Anything.” Midway through the song, confetti was blasted into the pit area with Bouvier, ever the teenager, standing over one of the four cannons so it would appear as if the confetti was blasted from his crotch area.

The band quickly played through several other tracks from the album including “The Worst Day Ever” and “You Don’t Mean Anything.” Following “You Don’t Mean Anything,” the band quieted and Bouvier took the microphone to speak to the crowd. He explained to the packed house how March 19 played a special role in the band’s history as it was the day No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls was released in 2002. With that, they launched into one of the many singles that made them a mainstream staple, “I’m Just a Kid.” They quickly played through several more tracks, but before beginning on track ten, “I Won’t Be There,” they talked about what the song was about. When they were teenagers, all they wanted to do run away from home and their parents. Bouvier joked how 15 years later, the tables were turned on them. Now, they were parents with homes and they still have the desire to run away which is the real reason they decided to go on tour. The crowd laughed along with the band before they began the tune.

During “One Day,” the band threw massive Simple Plan beach balls into the crowd for the concertgoers to play with. At the end of the song, it was nice to see that the guys still had their sick sense of humor. Between Bouvier and bassist David Desrosiers, they made several sexual innuendos including how it was hard to keep it [the balls] up and how much they appreciated the fans playing with their massive balls. As quickly as they started with the dick jokes, they quickly changed the topic. Bouvier told the crowd that they were nearing the end of the No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls tracks, but they didn’t want to finish the album quite yet. Instead, they played “Grow Up,” a track that was only featured on the Japanese version of the album. They may have thought their hardcore fans wouldn’t know the words to the song, but they were proven wrong when the crowd almost outdid the band.

One of the coolest moments of the show was when drummer Chuck Comeau and Bouvier decided to trade places. Comeau explained how he always wanted to be a singer while Bouvier wanted to be a drummer. Instead of holding onto those dreams, they decided to make it a reality. At the end of the song, Comeau surprised the crowd when he launched himself onto an unsuspecting audience. Thankfully, the pit area was so packed Comeau was caught in an epic trust fall test. The band ended the first half of their set with the album’s closer, “Perfect.” Considering the song is one of the band’s most emotional tracks, it wasn’t surprising when the crowd’s joint singing drowned out Bouvier’s vocals. At first, the singer appeared a little stunned, but quickly allowed the crowd to sing the first couple of verses of the song. After letting the crowd sing a little on their own, the singer rejoined until the final note.

Once the song wrapped, the group headed backstage for a quick pre-encore breather. As the stage went dark, the crowd began to chant “one more song.” Sadly, many concertgoers didn’t get the memo that the show wasn’t over quite yet and left. A short time later, the group re-emerged for their eight-song encore beginning with “Shut Up!” from their sophomore album, Still Not Getting Any

During the encore, Bouvier revealed that the group had encountered people who’ve asked them what they’ve been up to during the past 15 years and whether they went on hiatus during that time. “Come on guys, you have something called the internet,” joked the singer. It’s true. The group has released a total of four records since their debut including 2016’s Taking One for the Team.

Surprising, or maybe not, the encore consisted of more Still Not Getting Any… songs than any of their other albums. “Shut Up!,” “Jump,” “Crazy” and set closer “Welcome to My Life” represented their second album while “Your Love is a Lie” represented their self-titled, third record. The Natasha Bedingfield- assisted “Jet Lag” and Rivers Cuomo track “Can’t Keep My Hands off You” represented their fourth studio album, Get Your Heart On! Maybe the most surprising part of the set list came from the band only including one song (“Boom!”) from Taking One for the Team, an album that just celebrate it’s one-year release anniversary this past February.

Maybe it was intentional, because the band wanted to pay homage to nostalgia and give their fans what they really wanted; vintage tunes. Whatever their reason was, it was nice to see that pop-punk is still alive and kicking and that those who listened to it are no longer ashamed to proclaim it loud and proud.

Simple Plan announces 15th anniversary tour for debut album

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For those who grew up in the hey-day of pop-punk in the 2000s, it’s hard t believe that it wasn’t just yesterday that we were rocking to old-school Good Charlotte and Blink-182. On Tuesday (Jan. 10), Simple Plan made us all feel a little bit older when they announced plan to hit the road in the spring to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their debut record, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Not only will they be celebrating the momentous occasion, they will also play the album in full as well as some fan-favorites.

“It’s hard to believe that this year, we will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of our debut album, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls,” the band write in a letter to fans. “To commemorate this very special milestone, we are extremely excited to announce that we will be heading out on tour performing our entire first album all over the US.”

The tour will kick off on March 19 at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As pointed out by the band, March 19 is the exact date that the album was released in 2002. “Even cooler, the tour kicks off on March 19th, the exact date the album came out, back in 2002.”

The month-long tour will conclude on April 15 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Florida-founded Set It Off and fellow Canadians Seaway will join Simple Plan for the full excursion. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 10.

No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls helped launch Simple Plan into the mainstream and consists of fan-favorites likes “I’d Do Anything,” “I’m Just a Kid,” and “Addicted.” Last year, the Canadian band released their fifth studio album, Taking One for the Team, and toured non-stop behind it.

The complete list of tour stops for the “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th Year Anniversary” tour can be seen below.

NO PADS, NO HELMETS…JUST BALLS 15th ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES:

March 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

March 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

March 22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

March 24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

March 25 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theatre

March 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

March 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Living Arts

March 29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

March 31 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

April 3 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall

April 4 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

April 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

April 7 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

April 8 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre

April 9 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

April 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

April 13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

April 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

April 15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Vans Warped Tour launches at sea edition

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What’s more fun than getting all your friends together to spend 12 hours in the heat as you watch some of your favorite bands perform 30 minute sets? How about doing the same exact thing, except on a boat in the middle of the ocean during the week of Halloween? On Wednesday (Dec. 7), Vans Warped Tour head-honcho Kevin Lyman announced the inaugural Warped Rewind at Sea cruise.

As the name implies, Warped Rewind at Sea takes all the things Warped Tour attendees love about the “punk-rock summer camp” and places them on a cruise ship. The event will be a “special experience for 2,300 Warped fans” which will include personal interactions with some of their favorite musicians.

The cruise, which will take place during the week of Oct. 28, 2017-Nov. 1, 2017 will include a four-night round-trip cruise from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico. During the four nights, the passengers will be treated to multiple performances by 3OH!3, Bowling for Soup, Cartel, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Simple Plan, the Starting Line, and more to be announced at a later date.

The excursion will also feature DJs and comedians, much like Warped Tour on land, as well as a Q&A session with Lyman, activities and autograph sessions with the artists, “Emo Nite” parties, and more.

“Packing as much fun into a ship as we do into a parking lot seemed like a great challenge, and Sixthman has given us that opportunity,” said Lyman in a press release. “We are excited to finally bring Warped Tour to the sea and we hope you can join us.”

Tickets for Warped Rewind at Sea are currently available on the event’s website here. Watch the official announcement video below as you start planning how to shove all your black clothes and eyeliner into one huge luggage (spoiler: it’s hard).

Simple Plan channel the ’60s with new video

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After days of teasing fans on social media, Simple Plan has finally released their music video for “Singing in the Rain.” On Tuesday (April 12), the Canadian band unveiled the music video which begins at a Battle of the Bands in 1964 and shows what happens when a group rises to the top so quickly. The video kicks off with the band setting up to play with no one showing an interest in them (well, minus two fangirls). As they begin to play  the song, people start getting up to dance and eventually a guy in a suit comes in and see dollar signs instead of the band.

As the video progresses, we watch the band sign to a record label (Atlantic Records, of course, Simple Plan’s home since their debut), go from playing small venues to bigger venues, and have to endure horrendous photo shoots. But like many bands that launch to number one so soon, we soon see them behind the long descend to rock bottom.

But while it seems to parody what happens to some bands, Simple Plan keeps it light and fresh in an email to fans.  “Today, we’re unveiling our new video ‘Singing In The Rain.’ Spring is almost here and we hope this will be the perfect song to welcome back the beautiful weather and make people smile!” the band write. “This is a song about being positive, overcoming obstacles and never letting anything bring you down.”

Watch the video for “Singing in the Rain” below.

“Singing in the Rain” is off of Simple Plan’s recently released record, Taking One for the Team. In support of the new album’s release, the group is currently in the middle of a tour. Though there seems to be a limited number of stops currently, the band do promise that more dates will be unveiled soon. Can we hope for a South Florida date?

Simple Plan is “Perfectly Perfect” with Latest Song

Now that there is less than 12 hours left until the release of Simple Plan’s much-anticipated fifth studio album, the band has released one final song from it. On Thursday (Feb. 18), the five-piece released the mellow, guitar-centric song, “Perfectly Perfect.” Unlike “PS I Hate You,” which was scathing and mean, “Perfectly Perfect” celebrates all the things someone likes about you even though you can’t appreciate those things yourself.

“I think most people have a distorted view of themselves,”said Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier about the new song. “We all obsess about little things that bother us about ourselves, when most people wouldn’t even notice or might actually find them charming.” The three-minute song was also co-written with Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson. Listen to “Perfectly Perfect” below.

“Perfectly Perfect” will join the lengthy list of previously released tracks including “Opinion Overload,” “BOOM!,” “Farewell,” “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad,” “Nostalgic,” and “PS I Hate You” on the new album. Taking One for the Team is set to be released tomorrow, Feb. 19, through Atlantic Records.

Simple Plan Drop Post-Breakup Song “PS I Hate You”

If your name is Sophia and you’re thinking about breaking up with your significant other, get ready to get Simple Plan’s latest song dedicated to you several times. With only a couple of days left until the release of their fifth studio album, the Canadian band has released another new song from it. On Wednesday (Feb. 17), the pop-punk group premiered their post-breakup song, “PS I Hate You.”

It’s a scathing song about that person who did you wrong as well as all the good times and how at the end, it was all for the best that it came to an end. The song also gets a little vengeful when it says that they wish this Sophia chick gets her heart-broken like they did. Ouch. Listen to “PS I Hate You” below.

“PS I Hate You” joins a long list of songs that have already been released from Taking One for the Team. At this point, the band has released a total of six out of the 14 tracks from the album. “Opinion Overload,” “BOOM!,” “Farewell,” “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad,” and “Nostalgic” have already been released in full. Taking One for the Team is set to be released on Friday, Feb. 19 through Atlantic Records.

Like with every other track, those who pre-order the record before its release date will instant downloads of all the songs that have previously been released.

Simple Plan Get “Nostalgic” with New Song

Another day, another new song from Simple Plan. The band’s much-anticipated fifth studio album is set to be released this Friday (Feb. 19), but it appears that the group will be releasing all the new songs before its official release. On Tuesday (Feb. 16), the Canadian pop-punk band premiered another new song from Taking One for the Team. The five-piece partnered with RockSound to debut “Nostalgic.”

Like “Opinion Overload” and “Farewell,” it sounds like the group are actually going back to their pop-punk roots with this album. Hopefully, “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad” and “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed” were just the weak songs on the impending record. Whatever is going on, maybe this new song’s title says it all; this is nostalgia for those of us that grew up on No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls and Still Not Getting Any… Listen to “Nostalgic” below.

“Nostalgic” will join previously released tracks “BOOM!,” “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad,” “Opinion Overload,” and “Farewell.” Pre-orders for the new album are still ongoing and like they have announced with all the previous tracks, if you pre-order the album now, you will get an instant download of all the tracks that have been released.