On the night of September 5th, in 2016, a packed crowd at Hard Rock Hotel's The Coliseum proves that 2000s pop-punk still resonates deeply with Singaporeans.
Ripping through a list of the band's greatest hits, along with choice picks from their latest album Taking One For The Team, it's a reminder of Simple Plan's catchy choruses that can get their earliest fans, now in their mid to late-20s, jump up and down unapologetically with their fists in the air.
At the same time, it is the emotional resonance of their anthems, their classic "heart-on-their-sleeves" approach, that can get the same people teary eyed over adolescent memories. Nostalgia is a double-edged sword, and as most beloved pop-punk and emo bands approach their late-30s and 40s, they can either grow with their fans musically, or firmly place themselves in a tear-stained time capsule.
Simple Plan may be in the latter, but their fans are alright with that.
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