Montreal rock band Simple Plan will not be boarding a flight tomorrow to Paris for a private show scheduled for Monday, lead guitarist Jeff Stinco confirmed to Billboard.
“We were leaving for Paris tomorrow for a show on Monday; unfortunately, because of the tragic events that took place today, we have to cancel our plans. The French borders are closed. We plan to go back to France as soon as possible: if the situation changes, we hope to show our support to our French fans by the end of this week.”
Earlier in the evening, Stinco posted on his personal Facebook page: “My thoughts go to the victims of the attacks in Paris. We are leaving tomorrow for Paris for a show…makes me slightly nervous.”
The private date is not listed on their official web site or on Pollstar. But a Czech Simple Plan site has a post that reads: “While we’ve already heard that Simple Plan would be making their return to Europe in a few weeks to do some promo over here, it is still quite surprising they are in fact returning very very soon! It has just been announced that the band will be returning to Paris, France on November 16th or a private showcase with the support act Hyphen Hyphen.
“However, as it is a private showcase – the tickets are not available to for purchase as normal, but can only be won through various contests. The first one that appeared is from Virgin Radio.”
Simple Plan, which recently released a new single, “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed,” from their forthcoming album, played in Paris and Lyon in September.