Sum 41 infects Town Ballroom

On November 8, 2012

  • Punk rock band Sum 41 entertained an eager crowd at the Town Ballroom on Wednesday night. Adrien D’Angelo /// The Spectrum

As four middle-aged men with iconic spiky hair walked onto the wooden stage, fans screamed and anticipated a blast from the past.

Veteran Canadian punk rockers Sum 41 commanded the Town Ballroom stage Wednesday night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group's third album, Does This Look Infected? The band's hour and 45-minute set contained all of the songs from that album as well as other fan favorites.

Frontman Deryck Whibley did not waste any time as he began to sing the opening lyrics of 2002 hit "Still Waiting." The crowd automatically began to push forward, entangling their arms around each other. Whibley's vocals remain unchanged by age, as he still screams every lyric with passion while jumping around his bandmates.

"I wouldn't mind playing 'Still Waiting' over and over again," said drummer Steve "Stevo" Jocz. "The crowd goes nuts, and it's a badass song for a badass band."

Sum 41 surprised the crowd when they kicked into "A.N.I.C," a song about the deceased Anna Nicole Smith. The band had stopped playing the song during its set when the actress passed away but decided to bring it back after a few years had passed.

Whibley took time in between songs to ask everyone how they were doing and to advise those in the mosh pit to keep going. The band wanted to keep the energy high and ensure its fans were satisfied.

Bassist Jason "Cone" McCaslin knew the Buffalo fans would be energetic. The band played in Buffalo date during the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and expected the smaller crowd to still keep up.

Florian Gollier, a junior physics intended major, and Garrett Rice, a sophomore mechanical engineer major, had anticipated the show for weeks.

Rice heard Sum 41 delivers a great presence on stage and couldn't wait to mosh, while Gollier was more nostalgic.

"Blink-182 and Sum 41 were the bands everyone listened to in middle school," Gollier said. "They'll always have a place in my heart and tonight is a night to be in middle school again."

Sum 41 then chose songs to play off all its other albums. Tracks such as "Scumf*k" from 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder and "Makes No Difference" from the group's debut album Half Hour Of Power were scattered through the remainder of the set to please both old and new fans. The crowd's energy continued through the sweat and being kicked in the head by crowd surfers.

Whibley smiled when past radio hit "In Too Deep" from All Killer No Filler started. No voice was silent in the ballroom as the famous song transitioned into the chorus.

When Whibley said goodnight to the crowd, there were chants of an encore and Sum 41 obliged. The frontman reappeared with the band minutes after, donning a captain's hat and playing a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You," which progressed into Beastie Boys' "Sabotage."

"Fat Lip," the song that brought obscurity to popularity, was the final song of the night. Nobody could stand still as Whibley's guitar and Jocz's drumming cascaded under the rebellious lyrics.

"We knew 10 years ago we would still be in music," Jocz said. "But we didn't think we would still be performing at shows that actually had people, we are very fortunate our fans still love us." 

After the Does This Look Infected?tour concludes on Dec. 9, Sum 41 will possibly tour on the West Coast and overseas.



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