Fifteen years after the release of their highly successful debut album, No Pads,
No Helmets…Just Balls, Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan hit the road to
celebrate. The tour just kicked off on the east coast and it’s already bringing in a
flood of memories.  Flashback to early 2002 when I was first introduced to
Simple Plan by Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel via their weekly show All Things
Rock.  After “I’m Just A Kid” that night they pretty much exploded onto the music
scene. The band played that summer’s Vans Warped Tour on one of the smaller
stages but still drew pretty big crowds.  I remember meeting them backstage at
LaSalle Park in Buffalo, New York and they invited my friend and I to cool off on
the bus because it was blistering hot out that day.  They were very down to
earth and so excited to be there playing alongside bands like Good Charlotte,
Something Corporate, MxPx, Bad Religion and other Warped Tour alumni.  Later
in the day they played on the Maurice Stage and they blew everyone away with
a killer performance. One thing they are good at is putting their all into their
performances and giving everyone the best show possible.  They have such a
strong stage presence and are full of energy at their shows. Another thing I love
about them is that even after 15 years they still make time to show some love to
the fans.  I remember at the same show the band were hanging at their merch
booth and a gnarly thunderstorm rolled in and I helped them try to keep their
merch and tent from blowing away.  This was my first year officially covering the
Warped Tour and the band helped make it a memorable one.

The album has gone double platinum in the US, landed at #35 on the Billboard
200 charts and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.  With shows selling out
within the first couple weeks the band decided to add a show in San Diego and
second dates in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco to the itinerary. Since
they kicked off on the east coast they have been playing to sold out crowds
each night.  Stirring up memories in the fans that have been with them since the
beginning and winning new fans along the way.   They have made a huge
impact on people’s lives and taken a little piece of everyone’s hearts.  We hope
the band brings us another 15 years of good music and great memories.  Happy
anniversary to Simple Plan and their debut album “No Pads, No Helmets…Just
Balls”!

If you are interested in catching the band playing the album in its entirety, here
are the cities they’re hitting over the next month:

April
05 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
07 – The Pageant - St Louis, MO
08 – Granada - Lawrence, KS
09 – Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
11 – Livewire - Scottsdale, AZ
13 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
14 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
15 – The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
17 – The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
18 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA

August
18 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
19 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
20 -Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
22 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
24 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
25 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
26 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
29 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
30 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

September
01 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
02 – The Neptune – Seattle, WA


For tickets, VIP upgrades and more information on Simple Plan please visit
www.simpleplan.com.
Simple Plan celebrating 15 years of No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
First headlining tour in the US on March 28, 2003.
Warped Tour 2002 on the Maurice Stage in Buffalo, NY.
Kissmas Bash 2002 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.
At the Showplace Theater in Buffalo, NY on tour with Good
Charlotte in 2002.
More photos from 2002-2003:

       Music Hall in Rochester, NY
       Buffalo, NY
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