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.”

My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Etc. Set For 2021 Riot Fest

Riot Fest will not be taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the event will be returning to Douglas Park in Chicago, IL on September 16-19, 2021. Here’s the initial lineup: My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Pixies, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Sublime With Rome, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), Vic Mensa, The All-American Rejects, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Gogol Bordello, Circle Jerks, Thrice, Circa Survive, K.Flay, Toots And The Maytals, Jawbox, Les Savy Fav, Best Coast, Bayside, L7, Meg Myers, Pup, Mayday Parade, Fever 333, Living Colour, Big Freedia, SWMRS, Beach Bunny, Alex G, Thursday, Saves The Day, Don Broco, Joywave, Hepcat, Fishbone, Boston Manor, The Sounds, White Lung, Kennyhoopla, Beach Goons, Meet Me @ The Altar, Radkey, Holy Fawn, and Chubby And The Gang.

Share Of Royalties For Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” Up For Auction

Producer Dave Fortman‘s share of the royalties for Slipknot‘s 2008 album “All Hope Is Gone“ and Simple Plan‘s 2008 self-titled album are currently up for auction on royaltyexchange.com. The winner will get the rights to Fortman‘s share of all sales, streaming, and sync royalties.

New Found Glory Announce Co-Headlining Tour With Simple Plan

New Found Glory have announced a co-headlining tour with Simple Plan. Knuckle Puck will open.

Tour Dates:

05/29 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live!
05/31 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
06/02 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
06/03 New York, NY – Rooftop at Pier 17
06/07 Boston, MA – House of Blues
06/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
06/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
06/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
06/13 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
06/14 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
06/16 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
06/17 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
06/19 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
06/20 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
06/21 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater
06/23 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
06/25 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
06/27 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
06/28 Austin, TX – Stubb’s

Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Etc. Set For Australian “Good Things” Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 “Good Things” festival. The event will take place in three Australian cities this December and it will feature the following: Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Violent Soho, Simple Plan, Bad Religion, Trivium, Skeggs, Simple Creatures, Karnivool, The Veronicas, Coheed And Cambria, Falling In Reverse, Enter Shikari, Dance Gavin Dance, Reel Big Fish, Poppy, Thy Art Is Murder, Ice Nine Kills, The Damned Things, Slowly Slowly, Man With A Mission, The Bennies, Voyager, Yours Truly, Windwaker, The Beautiful Monument, and Gravemind. Here’s the dates:

12/06 Melbourne, AUS – Flemington Racecourse
12/07 Sydney, AUS – Centennial Park
12/08 Brisbane, AUS – Showgrounds

Festival Recap: Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Event In Mountain View, CA

On July 20-21, thousands of people descended upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA to say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour at the final of three 25th anniversary events. It was a long weekend of music, skating, wrestling, and more.

People started moving into the event on Saturday morning and they were already excited for what lied ahead. For those that wanted to take in the whole festival, it was nice to get in as early as possible to navigate the festival grounds and check out the various merch booths, vendors, etc. before their favorite artists took the stage. This date featured performances from the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, August Burns Red, Wage War, Goldfinger, Simple Plan, Save Ferris, Anti-Flag, OFF!, Meg & Dia, Silent Planet, and tons more. These groups managed to bring in an unmatched energy that captured the spirit of the festival’s 25 year run. Every act was memorable for different reasons, whether it be The Offspring’s impeccable showmanship and comedic stage banter, Bad Religion’s killer musicianship, Anti-Flag’s inspiring words, or Wage War’s intense onslaught.

As day two arrived, there was no shortage of massive amounts of talent and positive vibes. This day included artists such as NOFX, who played an abbreviated set after some travel issues, Jawbreaker, The Used, Sum 41, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Juliet Simms, Dance Gavin Dance, Thrice, Circa Survive, and more. Every artist had a different flair to them, helping to enhance the festival experience even more. This included the awesome dual vocal stylings of Dance Gavin Dance and Atreyu, amazingly powerful vocals from Simms, the entertaining and comedic nature of The All-American Rejects, the extremely energetic Sum 41, and the fun dancey vibe of Black.

Despite all these great things, the real highlight came at the end. NOFX’s flight got cancelled and they ultimately needed to get flown in on a private jet, before getting a police escort to the venue. However, they weren’t going to make it until 9:50, so organizer Kevin Lyman recruited a number of musicians to cover songs from the band until then. Members of Goldfinger, Sum 41, Thrice, Atreyu, The Used, The All-American Rejects, The Starting Line, etc. participated in the cool performance, which Lyman described as a drunken jam session, reminiscent of past Warped barbecues. They even had a fan, identified as Twitch, sing a song before Fat Mike ran out, much to the crowd’s delight.

Once NOFX took the stage, they powered through 11 tracks, before being told to stop, but it was awesome nonetheless. The band were hilarious, energetic, and they managed to give Warped Tour a proper send-off, regardless of the circumstances.

All in all, the whole weekend was a blast. There may have been a few hiccups at the very end, but it actually worked out by making everything even more memorable. The iconic “punk rock summer camp” has been bringing people together for 25 years and it ended the way it should have, with a community joined together by the power of music.

More Bands Added To Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

More bands have been added to the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check out the updated lineups below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Meg & Dia
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Deadly Apples
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
Hyro The Hero
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Meg & Dia
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Oxymorons
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Taking Back Sunday
Tatiana Demaria
The Ones You Forgot
Thrice
Travie McCoy
Trophy Eyes
The Used
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

July 20:

Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
August Burns Red
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Face To Face
FEA
Fishbone
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Good Charlotte
I The Mighty
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Meg & Dia
OFF!
The Offspring
One OK Rock
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Travie McCoy
The Vandals
Wage War
We The Kings
The World Over

July 21:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Atreyu
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Four Year Strong
Go Betty Go
Hyro The Hero
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
Quicksand
Shiragirl
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Teenage Bottlerocket
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
Twiztid
The Used
Vigil Of War
Whitney Peyton
Yungblud

Lineups Revealed For Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

The lineups have officially been revealed for the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check those out below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
Taking Back Sunday
Thrice
Trophy Eyes
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

July 20-21: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
Atreyu
August Burns Red
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Face To Face
Fea
Fishbone
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Go Betty Go
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
I The Mighty
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
OFF!
The Offspring
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
The Used
The Vandals
Vigil Of War
Wage War
We The Kings
Whitney Peyton

Final Vans Warped Tour Show To Be Recorded For “The Final Hours” Live Compilation

The last date of the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run, which is set to take place on August 5 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL, will be recorded for a new live compilation called “The Final Hours.” The release will include two songs from each artist and proceeds will go towards FEND. Here’s who will be featured on it: Reel Big Fish, Mayday Parade, Waterparks, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, We The Kings, The Maine, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, Deez Nuts, My Children My Bride, Twiztid, Ice Nine Kills, Kublai Khan, Sense Fail, Crown The Empire, Every Time I Die, Unearth, In Hearts Wake, Nekrogoblikon, Capstan, Doll Skin, Palaye Royale, As It Is, Grayscale, Movements, Real Friends, Wage War, Issues, Knuckle Puck, and Makeout. Pre-orders can be found HERE.