Keeping with the playful attitude that is Simple Plan, lead singer Pierre Bouvier called in to the MTV TRL Countdown yesterday from Vancouver to announce he and his Simple Plan buddies had parted ways after constant fighting over the direction the band was heading.
After several fans called in to the TRL hotline supremely disappointed, Pierre phoned in to TRL once again to reveal that indeed this was an April Fools Day joke. Of course that did not stop the band’s message board and management office phones from going crazy. Hits and postings on both the band’s website and message board spiked two fold that day.
According to Shane Rodack, Senior Account Manager at Fanscape, “It was complete chaos! Immediately there was a huge surge of posts and emails coming in from fans who were crushed and shocked by the sudden “break up.” Once the band revealed it was just a prank you could almost hear a giant, collective sigh of relief from the fans around the world.”
In actuality, the band is currently writing songs in Vancouver for the follow-up to their worldwide double platinum debut album “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls.” The rowdy quintet’s current video “Don’t Wanna Think About You” is the lead track to the Scooby Doo 2 flick and has been on the TRL charts for weeks, including a #2 spot. The band has several TRL charting videos from “No Pads,” including two that took the #1 spot, the edgy hit “Addicted,” and the pop sensation “Perfect.”
Simple Plan will be heading out on select Vans Warped Tour dates this summer, followed by a headlining tour of their own to celebrate the summer release of their as-yet-untitled sophomore album.