Powerhouse rock bands Sum 41 and Simple Plan have joined forces for the first time ever to announce the “Blame Canada Tour,” their upcoming two-part, full US co-headline run. Fans will be able to join in as the bands celebrate their debut records, with Sum 41 performing All Killer No Filler to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the record and Simple Plan performing No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls.
Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour kicks off on April 29th at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC making stops across the U.S. in Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco and more before wrapping up in Denver, CO at The Fillmore on August 18th. The first leg kicks off on April 29th and will feature support from Set It Off. The second leg featuring Magnolia Park starts on July 29th.
“We’re so happy to finally be able to play shows again and couldn’t be more excited to head out on the ‘Blame Canada’ tour with Sum 41!” Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, Sebastien Lefebvre, Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan share. “It’s hard to believe this will the first time we will co-headline a tour together, but the timing couldn’t be better as we both celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut albums!”
“We have known the guys in Simple Plan for a very long time and know these shows are going to be great,”shares Sum 41 frontman and vocalist Deryck Whibley. “We cannot wait to hit the road with them!”
Whibley continues, “We have a lot of fans in common and we know they have waited for this for a very, very long time! After not being able to tour for almost 2 years due to the pandemic, we’re gonna go out there and play our hearts out, enjoy every second of being on these stages and we’ll make sure everyone in the crowd has the time of their lives!”
As part of the upcoming tour, $1 of each ticket sold will help raise funds for the Simple Plan Foundation and Sweet Relief’s Covid-19 Fund. Since 2005 the Simple Plan Foundation has donated over $2M to various charitable causes in Canada to help young people in need. In 2020 Sweet Relief started the Covid-19 Fund to provide emergency financial assistance to music industry professionals who have been devastated by the pandemic.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of Simple Plan’s latest single “Ruin My Life,’ which features Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley and serves as the follow-up to “The Antidote.” “The Antidote” was released late last year and has amassed millons of streams across platforms. It has been featured on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music, including playlists Rock This, The New Alt, New Punk Tracks, New Music Friday, New In Alternative, New In Rock, RoQC, Fresh Alternative, Best of What’s New, etc. Fans can look forward to more new music, including a new album, later this year.
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of Simple Plan’s debut album No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, which has recently gained attention on TikTok through the viral “I’m Just A Kid” challenge. The song has inspired millions of videos, including Will Smith, Ed Sheeran, Usher, and more. “I’m Just A Kid” was certified RIAA Platinum in 2020.