By Connor Beach
Punk rock fans will be excited to learn that Canadian-based band Simple Plan has chosen The Paramount in Huntington as one of the stops on their tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album, “No Pads, No Helmet … Just Balls.”
The band released that record in 2002 and the anniversary tour’s set list features all 12 songs from the album, including “I’m Just a Kid,” “I’d Do Anything,” and “Addicted.”
The show is headed for The Paramount on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The band’s five members, vocalist Pierre Bouvier, lead guitarist Jeff Stinco, rhythm guitarist Sebastien Lefebvre, bassist David Desrosiers, and drummer Chuck Comeau, all hail from Montreal.
The 15th anniversary tour kicked off on March 19 — the exact date that the album came out back in 2002. The celebratory shows are designed to transport fans back to 2002 when many of them were in high school.
Simple Plan gained a mass following as a staple of the Vans Warped Tour — a traveling rock festival that is the biggest traveling music festival in the United States — which they headlined in 2003. The band also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2016 NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The multi-platinum recording group found its largest fan base in teenagers and young people who could most easily relate to the band’s message. As a result, the band formed the Simple Plan Foundation in 2005 to address issues that face teenagers and young adults. The Simple Plan Foundation has donated more than $2 million to help combat problems ranging from poverty to drug addiction and suicide.
In addition to “No Pads, No Helmet … Just Balls,” Simple Plan has released five other studio albums, including “Still Not Getting Any …” in 2004 which features one of the band’s most popular songs, “Welcome to My Life.”
At The Paramount, doors open at 6 p.m. with the show set to start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. Tickets are $21- $85 and can be purchased at the box office or online at www.ParamountNY.com.