It’s hard to ignore just how big of an impact Does This Look Infected? has had on the pop punk genre. Sum 41’s second studio album hit shelves 15 years ago, propelling the group’s huge rise in popularity through the early 2000s. The album contained some of the band’s biggest singles such as, “Still Waiting”, “The Hell Song” and “Over My Head (Better Off Dead).” With the announcement of the “Does This Look Infected? 15th Anniversary Tour,” Sum 41 have sent punks young and old into a frenzy.
Opening the night were California natives Super Whatevr with their very emotionally-charged set. With selections from their first studio album Never Nothing, the band touched on a variety of issues, ranging from toxic relationships, battles with mental health and acts of suicide. Offsetting such hard hitting lyrics was a flurry up upbeat tempo and energetic performance. A feat not a lot of bands can accomplish these days. Super Whatevr is a band to watch out for.
Mosh pits for supporting acts are rare occurrences, but that’s exactly what happened when Canadian punk rockers Seaway took the stage. With incredible vocal range and ability to hop around stage for the entire set, lead singer Ryan Locke had the sold-out crowd in a whirlwind of smiling faces and sweaty bodies. The band put on a set that would have satisfied any headliner role. Standout tracks include, “Something Wonderful”, “Best Mistake” and “Lula on the Beach.”
So, how do you celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of the most essential pop punk albums of all time? Well, with confetti cannons of course! From start to finish, Sum 41 led an onslaught of punk rock in every form playing the entirety of Does This Look Infected?. Mid-set the group also toured other fan favorites such as, “No Reason”, “Fat Lip” and “The Bitter End.” Also making appearances were covers of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in The Wall” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
In a special moment, drummer Frank Zummo played a hefty drum solo tribute to Linkin Park. Sum 41 exited to an encore of “In Too Deep” with balloons in the sky and confetti everywhere. It was truly the party Does This Look Infected? deserved.
Dudettes and dudes, this is what you’re missing by not hitting this tour...
Be sure to check out Sum 41 on the Does This Look Infected? 15th Anniversary Tour:
05/04 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
05/05 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
05/07 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
05/08 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
05/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
05/11 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
05/12 - New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
05/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/15 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/17 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
05/18 - Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
05/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
05/21 - Denver, CO @ Ogden
05/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
05/24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
05/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern