Verizon Wireless Backs Simple Plan Tour
Just days after releasing its sophomore album, Simple Plan will kick off a North American tour under the banner of mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless' Music Unleashed Concert Series.Just days after releasing its sophomore album, Simple Plan will kick off a North American tour under the banner of mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless' Music Unleashed Concert Series. "Still Not Getting Any..." is due Oct. 26 via Lava/Atlantic; the trek's first leg opens Oct. 30 in Denver.
Mae and Plain White T's will open all dates on the tour, which currently stretches through a Nov. 18 gig in Los Angeles. Many more dates are expected, as Simple Plan expects to be on the road throughout 2005.
Verizon will offer fans trutones (live audio ringtones produced from audio recorded at select concerts) as well as a suite of other one-of-a-kind ringtones and voicetones, text-to-win contests and trivia games. Additionally, SimplePlanConcerts.com will pictures and downloads posted after each concert on the tour.
The site will also host a contest where fans can "mash" the new album's first single, "Welcome to My Life." The band-chosen most creative mash will win its creator a trip to see and meet Simple Plan in L.A., $2,500 and a role in the band's next video. The new version of the song will also be made available to others as a free download.
The Bob Rock-produced "Still Not Getting Any..." is the follow-up to 2002's "No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls." That set peaked at No. 35 on The Billboard 200 in January of this year, 57 weeks after its release. It has sold 1.76 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"For the last six months, we've been working day and night on making the best new record possible," drummer Chuck Comeau says. "It's an amazing feeling to finally be done and get back on the road doing the one thing we love the most -- playing shows."
Here are Simple Plan's tour dates:
Oct. 30: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
Nov. 1: St. Louis (Mississippi Nights)
Nov. 2: Milwaukee (The Rave)
Nov. 3: Grand Rapids, Mich. (The Intersection)
Nov. 5: Cincinnati (Bogart's)
Nov. 6: Towson, Md. (Recher Theatre)
Nov. 7: Hartford, Conn. (Webster Theatre)
Nov. 8: New York (Irving Plaza)
Nov. 10: St Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
Nov. 11: Atlanta (Masquerade)
Nov. 13: Austin, Texas (Emo's)
Nov. 15: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Nov. 16: Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
Nov. 17: San Francisco (The Fillmore)
Nov. 18: Los Angeles (El Rey)