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Simple Plan Herald New Album With Jam-Packed Schedule; New Disc Drops Feb. 12

February 5th, 2008 11:41pm EST
Simple PlanLava/Atlantic recording group Simple Plan has slated a variety of events celebrating the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated new album, "Simple Plan."

The Montreal-based band's third studio effort – which features the singles "When I'm Gone" and "Your Love Is A Lie" – arrives in stores and online on February 12th.

The multi-platinum combo will herald "Simple Plan" with a series of high-profile TV appearances, including a day-of-release visit to MTV's TRL on February 12th. Simple Plan will act as TRL's house band throughout the show, providing live bumper performances as well as chatting about all their current activities. Other scheduled TV appearances include Fuse's The Sauce on February 11th; Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on February 13th; NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 13th; and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 6th (check local listings).

Simple Plan – who recently wrapped a worldwide promotional tour and series of US radio-sponsored holiday concerts – is now getting set to head out on a "North American Fan Appreciation" tour which will see the band getting up close and personal with their audience by performing at intimate club-sized venues for the first time in years. The shows kick off on February 25th at New York City's The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza, followed by eagerly awaited stops in Philadelphia, Hartford, Detroit, and Chicago. From there, Simple Plan will cross the Atlantic for a major European tour, slated to rock venues in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Belgium, France, and Czechoslovakia through late April. Further information – including additional North American tour dates and on-sale details – will be announced shortly.

Long known for their close relationship with their fans, Simple Plan has also announced plans to launch the first official Simple Plan Fan Club. Members of the club will receive a vast array of exclusive goodies and access. Full details will be revealed later this month.

New York-based fans will get a chance to shake hands with their favorite band on February 12th, when Simple Plan holds a special in-store appearance at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York. The event is open exclusively to fans who pre-order "Simple Plan" via LooneyTunesCds.com, with a wristband to get into the signing available only with purchase.

"Your Love Is A Lie," the second single from "Simple Plan," is set to impact at Hot AC and CHR/Top 40 radio outlets nationwide later this month. A companion video clip is currently in pre-production.

"When I'm Gone," the album's first hit, has already proven another crowd-pleasing favorite from the irrepressible quintet. The track is currently on sale via iTunes, with an option to pre-order "Simple Plan" through Lala.com and receive the digital single for free. In addition, the "When I'm Gone" ringtone is now available at simpleplan.com and all DSPs.

What's more, the "When I'm Gone" companion video is currently in play at MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV.com, The N, Fuse, and Music Choice, where Simple Plan will be "Artist of the Month" for March.

"Simple Plan" finds the Montreal-based combo teaming up with a truly unique line-up of production talent, including Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Danja (T.I., Timbaland, Justin Timberlake), and Max Martin (James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne). From the tight dance groove of the R&B-flavored "The End" to the unabashed power balladry of "I Can Wait Forever," the album stands as the band's most inventive, genre-defying collection to date, a blend of classic punk energy and modern pop sonics that's both utterly distinctive and deliriously entertaining.

"I think we all felt we needed to do something that would be a little more daring and stretch the envelope of who we are," explains frontman Pierre Bouvier. "We were just trying to make a record that will leave a little more of a mark."

"There was sort of a realization we needed to shake things up and really take chances and just go for it," adds drummer Chuck Comeau. "To do something that was still us but would challenge ourselves."

"Simple Plan" is the band's fourth album overall, following 2002's RIAA 2x-platinum debut, "No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls," 2004's platinum-certified follow-up, "Still Not Getting Any," and 2005's "MTV Hard Rock Live."

Simple Plan is: Pierre Bouvier – vocals; Chuck Comeau – drums; David Desrosiers – bass, backing vocals; Sebastien Lefebvre – guitar, backing vocals; Jeff Stinco – lead guitar.

North American Fan Appreciation Tour 2008
February
25 New York, NY The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza
26 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore @ The TLA
27 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
29 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

March
1 Chicago, IL Metro


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