On Friday, May 18 , Sum 41 took a break from the studio and came to the Concord Music Hall to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the unforgettable album ‘Does This Look Infected?’. ‘Does This Look Infected?’ was Sum 41’s second album, but was known to be their first album where they weren’t afraid to express their aggressive side. Due to that, when the band released ‘Does This Look Infected’ on November 26, 2002, it provided new labels for Sum 41. These labels were, more Standard Punk Rock, Hardcore Punk, and Heavy Metal, since it was darker and heavier than their debut album ‘All Killer, No Filler’. With this album being more on the mosh pit and crowd surfing side, the Concord Music Hall was the perfect venue to host this event. The Concord Music Hall is a compact scene that provides a warm shadowy atmosphere with a ground shaking sound system, which are the perfect characteristics needed to provide the best experience for a true Punk Rock show.
As Cone McCaslin, Tom Thacker, Frank Zummo, Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Deryck Whibley took the stage, they immediately made it clear that this wasn’t going to be your typical anniversary show. Lead singer, Deryck Whibley, explained to the ecstatic crowd that they weren’t going to play the album from start to finish and that they were going to mix things up the Sum 41 way. Not only did the Concord Music Hall get the chance to experience hits from ‘Does This Look Infected?’, but we had the opportunity to experience other live masterworks, such as: Fat Lip from ‘All Killer, No Filler’ and their crowd lifting covers of Black Sabbaths ‘War Pigs’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, and Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.'
Overall, Sum 41 gave Chicago a night to remember and stayed true to the Punk Rock fans by giving them exactly what they wanted. According to a recent interview with the Chicago Sun Times, Deryck had no intention of doing the fifteen-year anniversary of ‘Does This Look Infected’. In fact, when asked about it, he replied, “In all honesty, I didn’t even know it was the anniversary. I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff. And it just sort of feels like it wasn’t that long ago.” It is no secret that Whibley and the other members of Sum 41 have been dedicating all their attention on concluding their first album since ‘13 Voices’ was released in 2016. It wasn’t until Sum 41’s fan base reached out and questioned the prospects of an anniversary tour. As a response, the band specified, “All right, let's go out and do a short run.”
Should Sum 41 do a ‘All Killer, No Filler’ anniversary tour next? It’s definitely a possibility with these Punk Rock legends.
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