Sum 41 close the 51st FEQ with a punkish bang!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Guitarist Jason McCaslin of Sum 41 performs in the foreground with guitarist Dave Baksh to his left and fans in the background. The Canadian band rocked the Scène Loto-Québec on the FEQ’s closing night.

Sum 41, a punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and grunge band from Ajax, Ont., is playing in three Canadian cities while on their current tour. On July 16, they swung by the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Grunge and punk fans filled the Parc de la Francophonie and surrounding streets to hear their favourite Canadian band.  
Typical for a punk rock show, spectators in the front rows got a good mosh pit going. At the request of lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley, people formed a circle and a group started dancing, jumping and intentionally bumping into each other while moving in a circle. People in the surrounding crowd were caught in the ever-tightening vortex, and a mosh pit formed. 
At the beginning of the show, five lucky, randomly selected spectators were invited onto the stage for the entire concert. Halfway through, a giant skeleton with red eyes gave the Sum 41 salute: the left middle finger raised and four fingers on the left hand, which make 4-1 or 41 for Sum 41. 
“This year is the 15th anniversary of [an album] of ours, Does This Look Infected? We felt that we should play a song or two from that album  [“The Hell Song” and “Still Waiting”],” said Whibley. “Now, you know, there are no slow songs on that record. That means that there is no break for you. I want to see you move.” Sum 41 continued with their favourite song, “Pieces,” played on acoustic guitar. They continued with their most successful songs: “Thanks For Nothing,” “Walking Disaster” and “Makes No Difference.” 
Sum 41 often does covers of their favourite bands. At FEQ, they performed Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” They ended their show with “I’m In Too Deep,” “Can’t Touch That” and their first and most successful single, “Fat Lip.”
Formed in 1996, Sum 41 currently consists of Whibley, lead guitarist Dave Baksh, guitarist Tom Thacker, bassist Jason McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. They often give over 300 shows a year, on long global tours. Over 22 years, Sum 41 has earned two Junos and one Grammy nomination. 
“I am a huge fan of Sum 41, since the beginning, but I never saw them until today!” said Sandra Bérubé, who attended the concert. “I cannot believe that they were part of this year’s FEQ. They were really good tonight, living up to my expectations. I loved the mosh pit, but I got out of there early. It is so typical of a punk show. Other than that section, everyone was calm and singing along. All their songs are great! I loved the show!”
 
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Sum 41 lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley encouraged the crowd to participate in the atmosphere of a true punk rock concert. Fans got a real mosh pit going. Drummer Frank Zummo is in the background. 
 
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Sum 41’s Dave Baksh performs at FEQ.