Simple Plan Drop Off “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead” Tour, Less Than Jake & Hot Mulligan Added

Simple Plan will no longer be joining New Found Glory and LØLØ on the “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour. Less Than Jake and Hot Mulligan will be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

08/31 – Dallas, TX @ GMBG
09/01 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
09/02 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
09/04 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
09/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
09/06 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
09/08 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
09/09 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
09/11 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre (no Less Than Jake)
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (no Less Than Jake)
09/13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
09/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
09/16 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/19 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
09/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
09/23 – Chesterfield, MO @ The Factory
09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
09/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
09/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
09/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks (no Less Than Jake)
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/05 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/06 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/08 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
10/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/14 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
10/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/16 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
10/17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Simple Plan issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed to announce that we have made the difficult decision to drop-off of the “Pop-Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour with New Found Glory. If you bought a ticket for the tour and would like a refund, you will be able to request one – keep an eye out on your email.

When we announced the rescheduled dates for the tour last May, the situation with the pandemic was very different from where it is now and we were cautiously optimistic that going back on tour could be safe for everyone.

Although we are all vaccinated and despite the very strict protocols we had planned to put in place, we are very concerned at the thought of going out on such an extensive tour.

After many tough discussions and internal debate, we have come to the conclusion that it just feels too soon for us.

There’s nothing we would love more than to be out there and play for all of you, but we have to follow our gut and do what feels right for us at this time.

We know a lot of you were really looking forward to seeing us play live again and will be disappointed by this news and might disagree with our decision. We want you to know that we acknowledge and respect your opinions, and that we are so sorry to let you down.

Our friends in New Found Glory have made the decision to move forward with the shows. They’re an amazing live band and we’re sad we won’t have the chance to see them play every night. We wish them the best and hope that everyone involved in the tour and all the fans who choose to attend will stay safe and healthy.”

New Found Glory also commented:

“Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour has some news! The tour will now feature New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Hot Mulligan, and Lolo! Due to unforeseen circumstances, Simple Plan are no longer part of the lineup. Other than Warped Tour, New Found Glory and Less Than Jake have not done a proper tour together since the infamous Honda Civic Tour back in 2003 so we are very excited that they were able to step in! Hot Mulligan is an awesome new band that most of you have probably heard of and we’re happy to still have Lolo on the tour. Also, many cities, venues and promoters are requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or full vaccination, as well as mask mandates in some areas, to attend shows. We encourage you to check your local venue’s websites for any mandates that they have put in place for everyone’s safety. Our tour party will be following all local protocols and abiding by these mandates to insure our safety as well. It’s been so long since we’ve all been able to be in a room together and we’ve worked really hard to bring you an amazing show so let’s do all we can to make it as safe and enjoyable for everyone! Get ready for an awesome night!! We are ready to shred!!!”

Simple Plan And New Found Glory Announce Rescheduled Dates For “Pop-Punk’s Still Not Dead” Tour

Simple Plan and New Found Glory have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their “Pop-Punk’s Still Not Dead” tour. LØLØ will open.

Tour Dates:

08/31 – Dallas, TX @ GMBG
09/01 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
09/02 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
09/04 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
09/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
09/06 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
09/08 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
09/09 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
09/11 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
09/13 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
09/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
09/16 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/19 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
09/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
09/23 – Chesterfield, MO @ The Factory
09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
09/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
09/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
09/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks
10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
10/05 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/06 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/08 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
10/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/14 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
10/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/16 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Simple Plan Part Ways With Touring Bassist Chady Awad Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

According to Vice, Simple Plan have parted ways with tour photographer/videographer and touring bassist Chady Awad following accusations of sexual misconduct. This news comes after the band recently parted ways with bassist David Desrosiers for similar allegations.

Eric Lawrence, co-founder of the band’s management company Coalition Music, told Vice that they are no longer working with Awad and that they have reached out to a law firm about the accusations against him. Lawerence added:

“[A man told] a story he had heard second hand that we are nonetheless taking extremely seriously. We have put in place a process for the person involved to have the opportunity to confidently and safely tell their story.”

Awad also issued a statement to Vice saying that the allegations are “absolutely and totally false” and that he hasn’t worked with the band since February. He also went on to say that he had no plans to work with them in the future due to the cornavirus pandemic:

“We discussed all these things and the band management decided it made sense not to work together; the decision was not made because they took the allegations against me to be true. This is still my life and my reputation on the line here. I’m out of ideas for what more I can do, but there is just no truth to these rumours and I want to be clear about that.”

Simple Plan Part Ways With Bassist David Desrosiers Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Simple Plan have parted ways with bassist David Desrosiers following accusations of sexual misconduct. The allegations were made via Instagram accounts with the name “victims_voices” in their profiles. According to Exclaim!, one of the most prominent stories was posted in French on @victims_voices_montreal and it has since been translated by Twitter user @kidrauhlmontreal:

Desrosiers issued the following statement:

“Recent public statements have led me to acknowledge that some of the interactions I have had with women have caused them harm. I have decided to withdraw from the band and seek professional help to educate myself and act appropriately in the future. I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused to these women.”

Simple Plan also issued a statement:

“Following recent public statements, David Desrosiers is withdrawing from the band in order to work on his personal issues. We offer our deepest apologies to the women who were hurt by his actions. We are also sorry for all our fans who are disappointed by this regretful situation. We will, as a band, take time to pause, reflect and put in place guidelines to prevent similar situations from happening.”