Simple Plan Performs AP Music Awards
Guitarist Seb Lefebvre is pumped about the band’s July 22 appearance.
We know that when "Welcome to My Life" played on the radio in 2004 you were blasting it in your car. Oh wait, what's that? You still pretend you're lead singer Pierre Bouvier when it comes on the radio today? No shame, buddy. We do it, too.
That's the allure of Simple Plan. Not only is the band a treasure trove of singing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs alt rock hits, but their music stands the test of time. And, thankfully, they're still churning out their high-energy version of pop punk that captures fans around the world.
On July 22, Cleveland is in for a real treat as Simple Plan performs live during the Alternative Press (AP) Music Awards at Quicken Loans Arena. Other live performances and collaborations will come from Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Sum 41, New Found Glory, Echosmith, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Halestorm.
We talked to Seb Lefebvre, guitarist and backup vocalist for Simple Plan, to get the scoop on this alt rock award ceremony and performances.
1. Congratulations on getting the opportunity to perform at the 2015 AP Music Awards here in Cleveland. What are you most looking forward to?
"That's the thing about the AP Awards - everything is kept sort of secret or a surprise. I'm not allowed to talk about our performance. But I don't know what to expect about the other performances, as well.
There are a lot of awesome bands. And, a lot of these bands are friends. We'll probably do some things we've never done before.
It's just always good to see everyone. We're all friends.
Plus, Cleveland is so awesome."
2. You've worked with the Alternative Press for years. What's the relationship like?
"It's good. The AP Press is always been there to support us. We've been on the cover. We're friends. They understand it's all about the fans and the music. That's the reason this publication has stayed relevant. They haven't gone gimmicky."
3. The band has done a tremendous amount of touring over the years. How have you enjoyed your stops in Cleveland?
"I remember we played quite a few times at Blossom Music Center and I just have this visual of the entire crowd jumping around. That really sticks with me. That's my vision of Cleveland. I see a bunch of people jumping around.
It's one of the best music cities in the states. You know when you're playing in Cleveland they WANT to have a good time. It's not the kind of city where they're jaded. They come to the show, they're into it and they have a good time."
4. Simple Plan is nominated for the Artist Philanthropic Award. Congrats! Can you tell us a little about the Simple Plan Foundation?
"It's been a crazy ride with the Simple Plan Foundation. We've been pretty lucky over the years and we've met a lot of people who aren't as lucky as we were. We kept hearing from some of our younger fans, ‘Hey, this song really saved my life,' ‘Your music helped me out with how to communicate with my parents,' and things like ‘Music helped me through a tough time.'
Of course our music helps people, but the foundation takes it one step further. Money helps make things better.
We raise money throughout the year. Then, at the end of the year, we distribute it to a lot of organizations around Canada and Montreal. Some of those groups help with teen suicide, illnesses (cancer has struck a lot of people), sexual orientation and we even work with a great program that promotes using music to stay out of trouble involving afterschool programs.
It's one thing when you look at the numbers. It's another when you actually meet the people you help.
It doesn't take that much to make a big difference. For us, it's a no-brainer."
5. What has Simple Plan been working on these days? I heard the super high-energy new track called Saturday. When can we expect more?
"This [newly released song] is the first release; it's not an official single. We thought, ‘Here's a fun song for you guys!'
We're working on mixes and photo shoots. There's definitely a new Simple Plan album coming extremely soon.We're going to Europe in August and then two years of touring. You'll be seeing a lot of us and hearing a lot m