Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan delivered a boisterous and raucous concert, featuring a heavy dosage of sound, music and light, during their August 12 appearance at Spectra Place.
An estimated crowd of 1,350 people attended the show. Much of the audience gathered on the arena's floor in front of the stage, and they cheered, screamed, danced and waved their hands throughout the show.
The band encouraged fans to stand near the stage, and to mosh dance or even crowd surf throughout the concert.
"This is our first time here, and I don't think it'll be our last," Simple Plan lead singer Pierre Bouvier told the audience.
Crowd interaction was a big part of the show. Prior to their performance of "Astronaut," band members encouraged the audience to set their mobile phones on the brightest setting, allowing the phones to shine like stars in the largely dark events centre. And during the playing of "Summer Paradise" – a hit from their most recent album, "Get Your Heart On" – the audience knocked around several large beach balls.
Another song created a special moment for a dozen local singers. Members of the Estevan A Capella singers, the Estevan Comprehensive School Choral Class, and Wired – an extracurricular singing and band group at the school – joined Simple Plan on stage to sing the final chorus of "This Song Saved my Life," which is the final song from the "Get Your Heart On" album.
The local singers were: Karissa Gustafson, Brittany Pierce, Maya Branyik-Thornton, Bailey Holzer, Molly Fogarty, Darian King, Jacqueline Peeace, Taylor Roy, Kyle Goulet, Morgan Ruel, Shaylee Foord and Andrew Le. Simple Plan members high-fived each of the guest singers, who were thrilled to be on stage.
Simple Plan opened their 18-song set by performing songs like "Shut up" "Can't Keep" and "Jump" They followed those songs up with a mix of their long-standing hits, and some of their most recent songs, such as "Jet Lag" and "Summer Paradise." The latter gained top 10 status in Canada this year.
They wrapped up the concert by singing their biggest hit, "Welcome to my Life," which was No. 1 in Canada and a top 10 song in Australia and New Zealand in 2004, and "Anything," which was their first top-10 hit.
The encore featured "Loser of the Year," "I'm Just a Kid" and "Perfect." "I'm Just a Kid" was the first song released from their debut album in 2002, so it carries significant meaning for the band. "Perfect" was one of their biggest hits.
"We've been together for 10 years," said Bouvier to a rousing ovation from the fans gathered around the stage. "Our first album came out in 2002. Give it up for that."
Faber Drive was the opening act. The B.C.-based band provided an up-tempo, highly energetic set that helped set the tone for Simple Plan's performance. Faber Drive played "Candy Store" from their upcoming CD, and a number of other tunes in a 40-minute set.