Words and Photos by Alyssa Bycholski

Simple Plan and State Champs’ co-headline Where I Belong Tour recently landed at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, with We The Kings as support. All three bands recently teamed up to release their collab single, “Where I Belong,” which made fans even more excited for this tour. Before the night even started, the crowd was bursting with energy. You could tell it was a special night for so many people by seeing all the groups of friends and families, even with their kids, to show them their favorite bands.

We The Kings got the crowds’ night started off right. They kicked off their set with songs like “Skyway Avenue,” “She Takes Me High,” and one of their fans’ favorites, “Sad Song.” Everyone was dancing and singing along to these throwbacks. The band also played renditions of Queen’s 

“Bohemian Rhapsody” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Both covers were very unexpected, but so much fun. I love when bands throw covers in their setlist, it brings fans and people, not familiar with the band, together. I’ve never had the chance to see We The Kings live before, and now I can’t wait to see them again after witnessing such an excellent performance. 

Next up was Albany Pop Punk band, State Champs. The band’s fan base has always been strong out this way, due to it being closer to their home state, so seeing them is always an incredible time. Fans that were there since the beginning and newer fans came together to support the band. They opened up the night with “Mine Is Gold” from their 2018 album, Living Proof.  After was “All You Are Is History,” which sent the fans soaring through the crowd. That started a sea of crowd surfers that didn’t end until the last song of their set. State Champs has one of the best energies on stage; you can always tell how happy they are to be playing at that moment. Before the band played their last few songs, frontman, Derek DiScanio, took a second to talk to the crowd and hinted that there would be a new album in 2020. This sent the crowd roaring and brought the energy up for the remainder of their set. They closed their time on stage with ‘Dead and Gone’ which was the perfect closing song. I’ve seen State Champs a few times in the past, and this was definitely my favorite set of theirs. 

Finally, it was time for Simple Plan to come on. They started off their set with “I’d Do Anything” and “Jump,” which had the audience moving until the end of the set. The band was nonstop jumping around and dancing the entire time and made such a large venue feel intimate with how they interacted with the crowd. Fans were singing along to every song, and parents were holding up their kids in every direction to show them their favorite band. There were positive vibes all around, and it was such a good feeling to be around fans like these. Simple Plan continued their set with songs from all of their albums like No Pads, No Helmets…Just BallsGet Your Heart On, and Still Not Getting Any.  The band ended their set with “Where I Belong,” which is quickly becoming everyone’s new favorite song. I don’t think many bands could pull off a collab song like this, but Simple Plan, State Champs, and We The Kings were the perfect matches. Before the night was completely over, the guys came back on stage for a three-song encore, with ‘Perfect’ closing up the night. 

The Where I Belong Tour was easily a night to remember and not a tour people will want to miss. Simple Plan will be continuing their tradition and be donating $1 of every ticket sold to the Simple Plan Foundation. The tour runs until the end of November, so head out and enjoy a show while also supporting a good cause. 

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