With Special Guests The Bottom Line & Selfish Things
Multiplatinum Canadian pop-punk icons Simple Plan have announced a select few Canadian club and theater dates in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their 2X Platinum debut album No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls. The band is currently in the midst of the first U.S. leg of the “No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour,” which sees the group performing their first album in its entirety alongside other fan favorites. The wildly popular tour — which kicked off on March 19th – the same date that No Pads, Ho Helmets….Just Balls was released in 2002 — has already sold out shows in New York City, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and more. A second leg of the U.S. will begin in August, before the band tours Canada throughout September.
Just before heading out on the anniversary tour, the band explained in a note to fans, “we felt it was important to take this opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing adventure we've had as a band and as friends… «No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls» changed everything for us and we are so excited to play all these songs again and relive a time in our lives full of so many amazing memories.” On the Canadian tour, the band says: “We can't wait to come back and tour Canada, our home country, where everything started for us. We wrote this album in our parents' basements in Montreal, recorded it in Toronto and did our first shows and tours all over this country so it's gonna be a very special moment for us to come home and play these shows."
Joining Simple Plan for all Canadian dates will be Kitchener, ON-based trio Courage My Love. Toronto band Selfish Things will open all shows except Toronto. Canadian punk-rock band Not By Choice will reunite after over a decade for a special one-night only set at the Toronto show on September 16.
In addition to their studio forays and nearly non-stop touring, Simple Plan has long been involved in philanthropic efforts spearheaded by their own Simple Plan Foundation. Created in 2005, the Simple Plan Foundation supports a variety of social and medical organizations dedicated to helping young people in need. The Simple Plan Foundation has raised over 2 million dollars in donations to date. For more, please see simpleplanfoundation.org.
Simple Plan is: Pierre Bouvier – vocals; Chuck Comeau – drums; David Desrosiers – bass, backing vocals; Sebastien Lefebvre – guitar, backing vocals; Jeff Stinco – lead guitar.