Sum 41 Return And Are Stronger Than Ever

Sum 41 Return And Are Stronger Than Ever

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Following a five year hiatus, Sum 41 make their triumphant return with the monumental Don’t Call It A Sum-Back Tour. Canadian pop-punk band Sum 41 hasn’t toured since supporting their album, “Screaming Bloody Murder” back in April 2013, one of the band’s longest touring cycles. After some personal struggles and a four-month stint in the hospital, singer Deryck Whibley began writing for Sum 41’s new album, “13 Voices. Joining a new record label, freshly off a summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and now with the release of their new record, the band begins a new tour.

At the third stop, in St. Petersburg, FL, just one day after the new record’s release, I approach the State Theatre. The line has already wrapped around the venue. Hundreds of fans wait for the show and some are already inside with VIP passes to the show. Once I get inside, the place is packed for the sold-out concert.

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British pop-rock band, As It Is, open the show full of oomph–their sound reminded me a little of The Starting Line. They brought a lot of energy and had the whole crowd jumping. A hard feat to accomplish for some opening acts. Followed by Senses Fail taking the stage, dancing and oozing energy out onto the crowd. Wooing the crowd with fierce riffs and acidic screams of a mix of new and old songs. Never a dull moment when it comes to Senses Fail’s upbeat stage presence.

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The lights dim, the band starts to play ‘Hell Song’, the crowd goes nuts! Sum 41 explode into action. The set list consisted of over twenty songs, including unforgettable hits like ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Motivation’. Hefty, melodic guitar paired with, I don’t know how else to describe it other than synchronized guitar dancing. With an immensely positive reception from the crowd, ‘Fake My Own Death’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’ from “13 Voices”, quickly becoming new fan favorites.

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The show continues with multiple heavy metal-influenced guitar solos from guitarists, Tom Thacker and Dave “Brownsound” Baksh. Cone McCaslin’s bass is grooving as he jumps around the stage. Their metal influences really shining through with thrashing riffs married with more fan favorites such as ‘We’re All To Blame’, ‘Walking Disaster’, and ‘Makes No Difference’. Followed by the heartfelt anthem ‘With Me’. Drummer Frank Zummo continuing on with a passionate and fiery drum solo which received roaring applause. The crowd never stopped singing along at the top of their lungs word for word. The band jumping back in with ‘No Reason’ and ‘What We’re All About’. Before exiting the stage, they perform an amazing punk cover of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.

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The encore was one of the highlights of the night for me. Consisting of Whibley taking center stage alone with an electric piano, playing a beautiful rendition of ‘Pieces’ and mid-song he was joined by the full band. And to complete the night, they closed with ‘Fat Lip’ complete with confetti and air canons galore.

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Sum 41 is now on the road with Senses Fail and As It Is. Get your tickets now because multiple cities are already sold out. See the tour dates below!

Tour Dates:

10/11 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/13 Saybeville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/14 New York City, NY – Playstation Theatre
10/17 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/18 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
10/19 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
10/21 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/22 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/25 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/26 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
10/28 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
10/29 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
10/30 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/01 San Francisco, CA – Regency
11/02 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
11/04 Phoenix, AZ – Livewire
11/05 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/06 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan

 

Fans can purchase “13 Voices” at Target, on iTunes or streaming on Spotify.

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