Simple Plan @ O2 Ritz
All of Bottom Line’s music was greatly arranged but with few hooks. Lots of jumping around on stage resembling early British band Bros but with rock added in and further to the excitement was some crowd surfing on a blow up bed with hands raised into the air. The Teenage Dirtbag cover being somewhat of a surprise in their short 6 song set.
Some thumping drums from Ghost Town along with their deep bass synth sound resulted in them being far heavier live especially on the latest single Mean Kids. I commend the bands playing as well as their brilliant stage antics and who in my opinion had some great licks but they lived up to their name as I couldn't see them, they were indeed ghosts in the background behind poor lighting. Their 10 set song set flew by with over half the songs taken from their latest album Evolution and that made up for the poor lighting.
Canadian pop-punkers Simple Plan played a fine set and went down a storm, considering it was their first UK tour in over four years. They played songs from their new album, Taking One For The Team, all of which went down a storm including Boom, I Refuse, Farewell and Opinion Overload. The rest of their albums were pretty evenly represented with songs from Get Your Heart On!, No Pads No Helmets...Just Balls and Still Not Getting Any... causing a frenzy amongst the primarily teenage audience. The encore just about finished everyone off and the last song was a Perfect way to end such a frentic performance. In a Perfect World they will be back soon!