Simple Plan made their Download Festival debut tonight (June 13) as they headlined on the Tuborg Stage.
The pop punk five-piece whipped the crowd into a frenzy with an energetic show which saw their set lean heavily towards their recent self-titled third album.
With much of the festival descending on the Main Stage for Kiss, singer Pierre Bouvier was delighted with the small crowd that turned out to see the five-piece.
“Thank you for sticking around to see us especially with what’s going on over on the other stage,” he declared, before bassist David Desrosiers quipped: “We shouldn’t tell them what’s going on over there.”
Later in the set, the band also took a pop at the veteran rockers when Desrosiers complained about not being aloud backstage after the show.
“After the show we’re not allowed to go backstage over there,” he jibed. “But we don’t care because we’d rather be with you.”
“Hey man Gene Simmons is going to kick your ass,” Bouvier retorted before Desrosiers added: “Yeah and I’m going to film it and stick it on YouTube.”
As the band launched into ‘Addicted’, Bouvier, also started a call and response with the fans.
He later spotted a girl in the crowd and joked: “Are you having a good time up there on his shoulders? What’s that you want to have sex with me? Let’s do it up here onstage later.”
Throughout the set the band had the crowd moving as they were greeted with chants of “Simple Plan! Simple Plan! Simple Plan”.
Wrapping up the show, Bouvier strapped on an acoustic guitar for ‘Perfect’ as he performed the first part of the track alone before the rest of the band joined him at the end.
Simple Plan played:
‘Take My Hand’
‘When I’m Gone’
‘Me Against The World’
‘Your love Is A Lie’
‘Welcome To My Life’
‘What If (I’d Do Anything)’
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