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Live Review | Sum 41 | Barrowlands Glasgow

20 years ago Sum 41 played their first show as a band on the 41st day of their summer break.

Since releasing their first album in 2001, ‘All Killer No Filler’, the band have brought out 6 subsequent records.

Taking a bit of a break since 2011, the five-some released their much-anticipated sixth album ’13 Voices’ in 2016 and were back in Glasgow to show it off.

A sold-out crowd gathered at the Barrowlands on a cold February night to see what these five guys from Canada could bring.

As the lights dimmed and the first note of ‘Introduction to Destruction’ was played it was clear the crowd were in for a non-stop night of singing, dancing & moshing…

Bursting on stage were five, slightly older looking, boys next door and I was transported back to being 13 again.

Classics like ‘Motivation’, ‘War’ and ‘Makes No Difference’ did not disappoint with the whole room knowing all the lyrics and not being afraid to join in.

New tracks from most recent album ’13 Voices’ may have been less known, but they did not pack less of a punch.

Stopping the music to talk to us about being a Sum 41 family must have been a humbling experience for frontman Deryck Whibley as he spoke about his ‘tough times’. The 36-year old even treated the back of the room to an intimate performance of ‘With Me’ on a small stage with just a mic, guitar and spotlight.

This was followed by an unexpected Queen tribute as they sang ‘We Will Rock You’, as well as ‘Still Waiting’ and firm favourite ‘In Too Deep’.

After leaving us with ‘Fat Lip’, the double-encore may have been a little much for some to handle (as many of the crowd left at this point, maybe they had trains to catch?). However, it was not a disappointment when the five-some pranced back on stage in full ‘80’s glam metal’ get-up to deliver a punch with 2009 hit ‘Pain for Pleasure’.

What. an. ending. to what was an incredible trip down memory lane with the added bonus of new tracks to discover. It’s great to have you back Sum 41!

Want to see the infamous ‘Pain for Pleasure’ fashion for yourself? Watch their video below:

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