Live from the Hard Rock [CD & DVD]

Live from the Hard Rock [CD & DVD]

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by Simple Plan
     
 

It's difficult to tell where Simple Plan stops and Sum 41 and blink-182 begin. All of them wear logo T-shirts and boxy Dickies shorts; all of them reanimate vintage Green Day with boundless hyperactivity and a torrents of unrefined dick jokes; all of them have sold millions upon millions ofSee more details below

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It's difficult to tell where Simple Plan stops and Sum 41 and blink-182 begin. All of them wear logo T-shirts and boxy Dickies shorts; all of them reanimate vintage Green Day with boundless hyperactivity and a torrents of unrefined dick jokes; all of them have sold millions upon millions of records. And there's nothing wrong with that. Because unlike the mid-2000s surge of musical youth living on the fringes of feeling -- weepy emo kids on one side, bloody murder hardcore and metal hybridists on the other -- bands like Simple Plan celebrate the duty of kids to bop and act goofy. "Forget tomorrow," Pierre Bouvier sings. "I just wanna jump." (Why not? It worked for Van Halen.) Originally recorded for and broadcast on MTV, Live from the Hard Rock captures Simple Plan in concert in Orlando. They run through energetic versions of all their hits, from "Shut Up!" to "Worst Day Ever" to "Addicted" to "Welcome to My Life," and the crowd screams along with every single one. SP prove more than able to hit the breezy harmonies from their records, and their rhythm section-heavy live sound is effective for their athletic, pogo-ready songs. All of the stage chatter is included, which is a little irritating, particularly the lengthy intro to "Welcome to My Life" -- you had to be there -- but even that track eventually kicks in with a resounding crunch. Throughout Live from the Hard Rock, Bouvier often stops the songs to encourage more jumping or singing along, and he's Canadian, so he heartily thanks the audience for their eager participation. No doubt about it: it doesn't get much more squeaky clean than Simple Plan. [The deluxe CD/DVD edition of Live from the Hard Rock came with video of the entire concert, acoustic versions of "Crazy," "Welcome to My Life," and "Perfect," concert photography, and commemorative Simple Plan patches and pins.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075679411921
catalogNumber:
94119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simple Plan   Primary Artist
Pierre Bouvier   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Stinco   Guitar,Group Member
David Desrosiers   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Sebastien Lefebvre   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Chuck Comeau   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mike Davis   Producer
Bob Buckley   String Arrangements
Jimmy Callahan   Engineer
Zach Blair   Director
Emily Lazar   Mastering
Johnny K   Producer,Engineer
Rob Cowlyn   Producer
Mitch Goldstein   Producer
Simple Plan   Composer
Fred Jérôme   Art Direction
Matt Hueneman   Engineer
Christina Hull   Executive Producer
Patrick Langlois   Picture
Rob Lanni   Management
Brain K. Murphy   Executive Producer

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