Having had to shelve their appearance on this years ‘Kerrang!’ tour in February due to Deryck’s back problems, many fans, including myself, had given up on the thought of seeing Sum 41 in the UK this year. That was until the band announced a one-off intimate gig right here in the Midlands!
The chosen venue was The Kasbah in Coventry, and whilst it’s no stranger to higher profile gigs, with this being Sum 41’s only UK headline date this year, and with it’s capacity being just 1000, this was going to be one of the bigger show’s in the venues calendar.
As predicted, the main room was fit to bursting as The Sums took to the stage to an immense audience participated rendition of AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T’, and proceeded to direct the bulging crowd in one hell of a punk-rock party.
They could tell the crowd were up for it, and they brought the big hitters on early. Opening with the adrenaline fuelled ‘Mr Amsterdam’, they followed it up straight away with two of their biggest hits, ‘Motivation’ and ‘In Too Deep’. If you weren’t on the balcony, you couldn’t help but move; even the bar was rocking. Mosh pits blossomed all over the place as these Canadian purveyors of punk careered through their six album history, even making time for a rare dusting off of ‘Rhythms’, a song not heard live in almost 10 years. ‘Still Waiting’, We’re All to Blame’ and ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’ also made appearances, as did some highly unexpected gems, like ‘No Brains’ and ‘A.N.I.C’, the 40 second ode to the late Anna Nicole Smith, suitable re-appropriated for our very own ‘C’, David Cameron.
Finishing the main set on the epitomic teen-life anthem ‘Fat Lip’, Sum 41 still had some tricks up their sleeve. They had already teased at a cover, playing the awe-inspiring riff from Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’, but what we didn’t expect was the punking up of Queen classic ‘We Will Rock You’ that opened the encore. They finally closed out with the gorgeously over-the-top ‘Pain for Pleasure’, fronted by drummer Stevo.
Sum 41 felt like they owed a debt to their fans after the unfortunate circumstances that befell their Kerrang! Tour appearance, and boy did they pay it back. They were a maelstrom of energy and enthusiasm from the first note, and when all was said and done, they delivered one of the best sets ever witnessed at the Kasbah.
About Luke Deakin
Music is awesome. Well, some isn’t, but most is. I personally approve of Foo Fighters, Weezer, Sum 41, The Cure, Metallica, The Sex Pistols, Muse, NOFX and White Denim amongst many others