LIVE REVIEW Sum 41 in Chicago

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Driving to the venue four hours before the show I already saw a line of fans waiting outside in the 30 degree Chicago wind-chill. The tour manager came and got us and we walked up a grand total of seven flights of stairs to get to the dressing room where we’d be interviewing half of Sum 41; Cone and Stevo.  For the first fifteen minutes we listened to the guys writing in the back with the piano in The House Of Blues famous dressing room.  The guys came out introduced themselves and sat down, we chit chatted about the site, tour, and Halloween before starting the interview.  During the interview I got some crazy stuff out of the guys, they couldn’t believe how creative some of these questions you guys came up with were!  After finishing up and saying goodbye we walked outside to around 100 more fans outside waiting.

  Returning 3 hours later  I can not even write what I was feeling while climbing up the three flights of stairs into the main room for Sum 41.  With a sold out show and fans eagerly waiting for the band I was surprised nobody burst!   The crowd screamed along to classic rock songs the house was playing Ramones classic “Hey Ho Let’s Go” along with other classic rock songs. I didn’t see one mouth not screaming along to the songs.  The guys were casually late awaiting eager fans squeals and Sum 41 yells.  This was such a diverse show I saw fourteen year olds then twenty to thirty year olds.  Alcohol and smoke filled the room while most beverages splattered all over the crowd and crowd surfers.

  As soon as Hell Song started and the guys took the stage everyone cheered even louder, which I didn’t think was possible.  At shows I usually see a few people there not into it, at this show I didn’t see one person not singing along and having a good time.  Out of the 100+ shows I’ve been to I’ve never seen that, and I couldn’t believe it so I even walked around the venue to make sure I wasn’t missing anybody. True to their facebook post the band played their album “Does This Look Infected.”  They also did their classics like Fat Lip, Underclass, and Rock You.  Even after their break the guys have still got it, and they’ve also got their extremely loyal fans.  I hope to see new music in store for them soon! All around A+ show and would recommend for you to catch them in a city near you!

Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.