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Simple Plan's easy scheme to take Beijing

By Chen Nan (China Daily)

09:43, December 27, 2011

Canadian pop punk giants Simple Plan will host a cozier-than-usual show at Beijing's Yugong Yishan on Jan 6 as part of their 2012 Asian tour.

The venue's 700-person capacity will provide a more intimate experience for fans than the usually massive shows by the band that has topped Billboard charts with hit singles I'm Just a Kid, Welcome to My Life and, more recently, Jet Lag - among other tunes from the outfit's multi-platinum catalog that will be performed in Beijing.

The band is comprised of former high school friends Pierre Bouvier, Jeff Stinco, David Desrosiers, Sebastien Lefebvre and Chuck Comeau. They've been traveling frequently since 1999 through Asia, North and South America, Australia and Europe.

The members say they enjoy life on the road.

"We get to play shows in front of a lot of fans and meet everyone along the way," the band says in an e-mail interview before arriving in China.

"It's been fun trying out some new songs live, too."

Simple Plan's 2002 debut album, No Pads, No Helmets Just Balls, has gone double platinum, selling more than 2 million copies.

Their second and third albums were detours from their defining sound, the band says, and the fourth, Get Your Heart On, was a return to their roots. The album has a conspicuously pop essence that makes the tunes catchier.

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