The band was not originally known as Simple Plan but it was known as the Reset.
Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, Philippe Jolicoeur and Adrian White formed the Reset band. The band was successful in their concerts around Canada but time came when the group had to separate. It was Comeau who left first because he has to attend college.
While the reset band is still continuing its gigs, Comeau, in college, met Jeff Stinco and Sebastien Lefebvre. The simple acquaintance turned into deep friendships that lead to the birth of the group band, Simple Plan.
Sometime in 1999 when circumstances allowed Comeau and Bouvier to meet again at the Sugar Ray concert, both had few talks, and what was known then was that Bouvier decided to quit Reset and later joined the band. A newcomer, David Desroisers was chosen to replace the vacated position of Bouvier in Reset but few months later, he too decided to join the band.
And that was the birth of the band, a French-Canadian pop punk band that hails from Montreal, Quebec.
It was not until the year 2002 when the group released its debut studio album, “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”. This album consisted of singles that are top-ranking which lead to the increase of the popularity of the band. The songs included are “I’m Just a Kid”, “I’d Do Anything” and “Perfect”.
The original plan of the band wanted to release it only in the United States with only twelve tracks included in the album, however, because of their increasing popularity. Because the songs have been played elsewhere, versions which are enhanced and adapted to the tastes of foreign listeners were released, plus an additional two songs made it fourteen all in all.
The same year also marked the booming year for the band where they went to almost three hundred shows and concerts around the world to promote their first studio album. Included in one of their most successful shows was their concert in Japan to which was sold-out.
In the year 2003, because of the increasing popularity of the group and their first album, the group appeared in different events, they have also been asked to perform and open many concerts, most notable Avril Lavigne’s and the Green Day’s concert. To date, their first studio album has four million copies sold worldwide making it one of the band’s best-selling albums.
Simple Plan are “Still not getting any”
The rockers in 2004 released their second album that they called, “Still Not Getting Any” onto which the following popular singles were included, “Welcome to my Life”, “Shut Up”, “Untitled”, “Crazy” and “Perfect World”. The band clarified, after the release of this album, that although they are regarded to be a pop punk band, it does not necessarily mean they would always focus on making songs of such genre, they wrapped it up by saying that their goal is to make “good music”.
This second album was also considered to be a smooth transition of the messages being conveyed in their songs. If in the previous album it was more about the actuation of the youth, the group had decided that in some songs in this album, they would try to convey a more mature message. This has lead to some people criticizing the group for they are no longer putting an emphasis to what a pop punk really meant, which is a hyperactive, candor, straightforward, modern rock.
The group decided to lay low with their tours in 2006. They have decided to focus in writing new songs instead of performing around the world. Although they were invited to some shows, it was not as often as in the previous years.
Their break from tours was followed by the release of their self-title album, “Simple Plan” that happens to be their third studio album too. The album didn’t fail the fan expectation, and have included several good songs. One song in particular, “When I’m Gone” finally made it in the UK Top 40 landing at number twenty-six after many failure attempts of being included.
The official release of the album was then followed by a series of concerts which gave Simple Plan the chance to promote it. The group went on performing around the world from the Americas, to Europe and reaching even Asia, the band has extensively placed much effort in the promotion of their latest album.
Because of their popularity, there were countries where they have repeatedly performed or held a concert. One of which is in Japan where the group performed four times in different years, they have also been performing in Canada. The band members were also able to perform in Tel Aviv, Dubai, Calgary and Moscow that increased their fan count in different nationalities.
In June 2011, Simple Plan released their latest album entitled “Get Your Heart On”.
There were fans that got access to some additional songs prior to the release of the album, especially those fans that pre-ordered. This album was the second time when the group had requested several artists to collaborate with them in some songs. Included in the list were, among others, Natasha Bedingfield, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, All Time Low.
A new website was then released by the group where they place their announcements regarding their latest gigs and performances, fans can also check out the profiles of the different band members. Now, the group has been busy, performing in different tours, sometimes bringing with them the artists whom they have collaborated with. To date, they are on the preliminary steps of preparation in their widely anticipated Europe Tour.
The small group then known as Reset have grown big and became the internationally know Simple Plan now, the legacy of their group goes to show that no separation can prevent someone from being successful.