© Aaron Stuckel
Simple Plan lead singer Pierre Bouvier works the crowd from atop a stage monitor at their performance at Mosaic Place Saturday evening.
Saturday evening was a rocking good time for hundreds of pre-teen girls and others who were reminiscing about their high school days as Simple Plan took the stage at Mosaic Place.
After a brief set from opening band Faber Drive, an excited tension mounted during the break as the stage was readied for Simple Plan.
“I’ve been a fan since the beginning. We’re all excited,” said Rosalee Hoff, who was waiting in line for tickets prior to the show. She had driven from Arcola with a few friends to see the band that she said she’s been listening to since the first formed in 1999.
“I was their fan in like grade nine and ten,” said Amanda Kuckartz, who said she was excited to hear some of the band’s older songs. “Their songs are like real life. When you’re in grade 10, you can relate to them because you think your heart is broken.”
Indeed, the teenage angst was evident in the 30-something pop-punkers who opened the show with their song “Shut Up” as the young crowd screemed in ecstasy. The band proved they are professionals in their industry, keeping the energy high throughout most of the set, and touched on a few of their newer singles like “Jet Lag” and “Summer Paradise.” They kept their older fans happy as well, playing tunes like “Addicted” and “I’d Do Anything.”
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