After many years of absence due to medical issues from frontman Deryck Whibley and more, Parisians eagerly anticipated the return of Sum 41—so much that their first date, February 23, was sold out within minutes after being on sale. So the band added a second date, February 22, both in the very theatrical venue Le Trianon—which also sold out. Support came from fellow Canadian band Hollerado, who greeted Paris with an awesome cover of Blink-182‘s “Dammit,” and Swedish band New Drive.
Once Sum 41 took the stage, mosh pits and circle pits even bigger than your average hardcore show formed instantly, with 20-somethings jumping and crowd surfing while shouting all the lyrics. Deryck Whibley made multiple singing pauses to let the audience sing, and was not disappointed, as we could wonder if he’d really stopped singing, so much the audience was loud. The band performed their biggest hits such as “In Too Deep,” “Fat Lip” and “Still Waiting,” discovered by many of the audience from the American Pie movies, but also gave chills as they performed “Pieces” the first night and “With Me” the second night. An impressive, surprise cover of Queen‘s “We Will Rock You” made the floor move. Let’s not forget Whibley dedicating a song to Donald Trump, renaming “Sick Of Everyone” to “Sick Of Donald Trump,” saying, “This song is about telling people to go fuck themselves and get the fuck out of here.” Substream photographer Edouard Camus captured the night for you.
Many thanks to Nous Prod for the photo access.