After 5 long years, Simple Plan are finally returning to the USA for a full cross-country tour. And while some might object that the tour is hardly a “full” tour, as the band is missing many of the states or bigger cities, this two week trip is still the biggest tour Simple Plan have done in this country since 2011.
You may recall that last time SP were touring in the U.S., it was the fall of 2011, when the band toured the U.S. with Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab, Marianas Trench and also We The Kings. Since then, Simple Plan have returned to the U.S. only for Warped Tour in 2015 and with a couple of acoustic promo radio performances in the summer of 2013 and this year, 2016.
This time around, Simple Plan will be touring the U.S. with opening bands Hit The Lights and Story Untold, but before this full October tour commences, the boys will perform a free show at the University of Iowa this Friday, September 30th, on Saturday, October 1st they will take part in the Barktoberfest in Kansas City, KS (also for free) and the next day, October 2nd Simple Plan will be welcomed at the Oro Music Valley Festival in Tuscon, AZ. After these three shows, Simple Plan will be very much prepared for their U.S. audience and will be ready to officially start their U.S. tour on October 4th in Santa Ana, CA.
At this moment, two of the shows (West Hollywood, CA and New York, NY) are completely sold-out and Simple Plan also just revealed that all of the VIP pizza parties have sold-out as well. But – here’s some good news – if you didn’t manage to score VIP tickets for any of the shows, Simple Plan just announced that they added 10 spots to the following U.S. dates: Santa Ana, LA, Sacramento, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit and Cleveland. So you still have a chance to get in! So go get them quickly before those are gone as well!
And what can we expect from the shows? It is quite possible that the U.S. may get a slightly different setlist than the rest of the world, as the band’s earlier albums have been more favored (or received more attention – such as No Pads or SNGA) than their later efforts (self-titled or GYHO). That means there will probably be more throwback songs alongside tracks from the new album (TOFTT) which the boys will definitely want to promote. Regarding the party medley, there seems to be no indication that the band would want to change it up anytime soon and as the songs they have chosen for it have been popular in the U.S. just like in the rest of the world, the U.S. fans may also expect to hear these covers of ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.
If you’re heading out on Simple Plan’s U.S. tour, make sure to follow SimplePlan.cz for all the recaps in the following weeks – surely we will have the setlist available very soon as well as pictures from the shows and hopefully will know of any cool surprises the band still might have in store for the fans. Also, if you take any pictures during the shows or would like to let us know about any happenings at the concerts that other fans might be interested in, let us know [on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or e-mail]!
More information about all the upcoming Simple Plan tourdates can be found here.