Punk rock legends, Sum 41, graced Alberta's capital with a knock out of a performance in Edmonton's newly-renovated Union Hall on Tuesday night, playing to a completely sold out venue, jam packed with excited concert goers. Thanks to the energetic opening sets performed by As It Is and Senses Fail, the house was ready to rock right from the get go.
Before Sum 41's time to shine, the screen back lining the stage at Union Hall came to life, displaying various tour video clips of the band from some of their most memorable times on stage throughout their 20 year career. The recognizable main riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" began to flood through the monitors, causing an outburst of excited shouts and screams from the audience.
At last, as the band took to the stage, the full house of excited fans began to roar. Immediately starting things off with a bang, the band boomed into "The Hell Song" resulting in hundreds of voices singing the words back to the band. This behavior continued on as the five-piece broke into "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)". Sum 41 kicked the show off with force, escalating the concert experience with worm rolling crowd surfers and a frenzy of moshing in the pits below.
Continuing on through their hefty 22 song set, Sum 41 played various tracks spanning their 20 year career, a large portion of which consisted of tracks from their newest album "13 Voices" but of course, this gig wouldn't have been a walk down memory lane if they didn't play any classics, so thankfully, they crushed it with a handful of their hits, and also included two covers during their performance, playing only the intro of Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls on Parade", and then Queen's "We Will Rock You", before at last, putting the cherry on top of the show with, probably their most anticipated song, and their big rock-n-roll finish "Fat Lip", which the singing voices of Edmonton truly gave it all they had left to make sure the band could hear them. Judging by the huge smiles on all five of their faces, Sum 41 heard, and approved.