Pop Punk’s Not Dead: Simple Plan And Sum 41’s ‘Blame Canada’ Tour

I was recently invited to check out Sum 41 and Simple Plan’s Blame Canada Tour at their August 6 show at House of Blues Anaheim. 

Caught my interest for a few reasons. First, I’ve heard lots of great things about the venue. Then there’s the fact that these two bands received massive airplay during my twenties, which holds sentimental value. Cap that all off with the information that Simple Plan just released a new album, and Sum 41 has one in the oven. You’ve got my attention. 

Opening act Magnolia Park came out hot, hyping up a crowd that was already foaming at the mouth. 

Next up was Sum 41, who played a mix of their older stuff, their newer stuff, a cover of Queen’s We Will Rock You, and even teased the crowd with the opening riff of The White StripesSeven Nation Army.

Frontman Deryck Whibley told the crowd their next project is in the works, titled Heaven and Hell. The ‘Heaven’ part of the double album will cater more to the band’s classic pop punk sound, while the ‘Hell’ side will be more in line with their newer, heavier sound.

Simple Plan opened up their high energy set with I’d Do Anything off their 2002 album No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls. Seven songs into their set, they pulled out Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over) from their newest album Harder Than It Looks,  which just dropped in May of this year. Loads of pop punky nostalgia, a few punked out covers, and palpable chemistry with the crowd. So much jumping. That Pierre Bouvier fella has hops. 

I don’t know what I was expecting, other than hearing a few songs that were popular in my twenties. Don’t get me wrong, I probably would have gone anyway, but this was no Konocti show. These bands have kept sharp for more than two decades, and are continuing to create and perform at the top of their games. This was a hell of a fun show. 


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