MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
SIMPLE PLAN GO SINGING IN THE BANGKOK RAIN
Simple Plan, Moonstar Studio, Bangkok, Thailand
Mark Taylor: Photos by kind permission of VIJI CORP
French/Canadian pop punkers Simple Plan ended a gruelling six date South East Asian tour with a return trip to Bangkok, their first visit in eight years.
With no public transport nearby this hangar type venue, most fans had to travel by car or taxi through the dense heavy traffic of Bangkok which was moving at a snail's pace, thanks to the rainy season that was living up to its name.
Over two thousand fans greeted the five piece from Montreal, who still feature the original line-up from when they first started over sixteen years ago.
Dressed all in black, Simple Plan received a heroic reception when they graced the stage, exploding into a colourful set full of their greatest hits.
Inoffensive fun filled punk with a poppy edge held Bangkok captive for two hours with each member of Simple Plan expressing their lively characteristics.
'Opinion Overload', from their recent fifth album 'Taking One For The Team', opened the show and immediately Bangkok bounced into life. 'Jet Lag' followed and Simple Plan showed no signs of that with their energy levels on a high.
The floor was shaking to 'Jump' which segued into the Black Eyed Peas 'I Gotta Feeling' and then everybody was certain that tonight was gonna be a good night.
Vocalist Pierre Bouvier was on fine form, constantly engaging with the crowd, still keeping up a youthful zest for life and geeing up the crowd for an explosive 'Boom'.
The opening chords to the anthem 'Welcome To My Life' from Sebastian Lefebvre were instantly recognisable and were passionately sung by the Bangkokians.
Despite keeping dry in this indoor venue, some good humoured fans opened up their umbrellas for the irresistible reggae flavoured hit of
'Singing In The Rain'. Gene Kelly would have been proud.
Bassist David Desrosiers forms a good double act with Bouvier, spending most of the gig up high on the riser out front locking eyes and smiles with the crowd. Bouvier thanks the Thais for being the best masseurs in the world and then the playful Desrosiers goes near the knuckle asking for a massage, for which there are a couple of beautiful volunteers down the front that almost make him blush.
The grungy ballad 'Your Love Is A Lie' is one of many welcomed tunes, as are the smooth 'Summer Paradise' and set closer 'I'm Just A Kid', their first commercial single.
Unlike the other dates, Bangkok gets rewarded with five tracks in the encore which include the Blink 182 similarity of 'Shut Up' and the acoustic driven 'This Song Saved My Life'.
Simple Plan promised that it won't be another eight years before they return to the Land of Smiles and how could it be when they are adored so much by this country.
Their last song of the evening summed up the evening - 'Perfect'.
Jump/I Gotta Feelingv
I'd Do Anything
Welcome To My Life
Kiss Me Like Nobody's Watching
Singing In The Rain
Uptown Funk/Can't Feel My Face
Can't Keep My Hands Off You
Your Love Is A Lie
I'm Just A Kid
Take My Hand
This Song Saved My Life