Multi-platinum rock band Sum 41, who have just released their new album 13 Voices, have announced their European headline tour, which sees the band return to the UK.
Sum 41 wrapped its final tour supporting 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder in April 2013. It was one of the band’s longest and most attended touring cycles in its twenty year career, and they found themselves nominated for a Grammy for the first time ever. However, things were not as perfect as they seemed, as vocalist, guitarist, and producer Deryck Whibley found himself on the brink of destruction.
“I can’t pin-point one exact moment that put me over the edge, it was more of an accumulation of many things when I slipped into a fog of partying and booze. I tried to detach myself from any and all responsibility whatsoever,” Whibley reflects. He spent the next year doing just that, and at the end found himself in a Los Angeles hospital fighting for his life.
Whibley spent most of April and May 2014 in and out of the ICU with his mother and fiancée by his side. When he was finally released as an outpatient he realised that his journey was just beginning, and it was then that he began to write while simultaneously going through intense physical therapy. “Being sober and out of the fog made me realize that the only things I really cared about were music, making a record, and getting better so I could get back on stage again.”
The music came together in tandem with Whibley’s health; he recalls; “Due to neuropathy, muscle atrophy and medication that caused permanent nerve damage in my legs and feet left me unable to walk and in excruciating pain for months. I had to learn how to do everything again: my motor skills and learning how to play guitar. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly, or even at all.”
TOUR DATES 2017
|Fri 24th||O2 Academy Birmingham|
|Sat 25th||Academy Manchester|
|Sun 26th||O2 Academy Leeds|
|Tue 28th||Barrowlands Glasgow|
|Thu 2nd||O2 Brixton Academy London|
|Fri 3rd||O2 Academy Bristol|
|Sat 4th||Rock City Nottingham|
|Mon 6th||O2 Guildhall Southampton|
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