Formed in 1996 in Ontario, Canada, seminal rockers Sum 41 were a staple of the early ’00s pop punk explosion, breaking out with 2001 full-length debut All Killer No Filler, and becoming certifiable, worldwide stars by the following year’s followup, Does This Look Infected? At their heyday, Sum were as huge as other titans of the scene like Blink-182, Green Day, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, and Good Charlotte, set apart by their particularly mischievous, defiant style and attitude, and tendency to incorporate more metal-leaning influence and guitar solos into their fast-paced sound.
While Sum 41 never broke up, going on to release another three well-received LPs between 2004 and 2011, and continuing to tour and take part in events like Warped Tour, their activity slowed at the start of this decade, with frontman Deryck Whibley’s health problems coming to a head by 2014. Soon after bouncing back, however, the band began work on new music, and the following year, original guitarist Dave Baksh returned to the group after nearly a decade absent. By 2016’s sixth album 13 Voices, Sum were once again in full swing, and recent years have seen renewed interest, buzzworthy tours, and an anniversary run for Does This Look Infected?
For their first tour of 2019, the legendary punks have decided to “bring it back to where it all began,” announcing an intimate string of dates in small clubs around the U.S., for their most up close and personal trek in years. Aside from a Warped Tour outing a few years ago, this tour is also Sum’s first time in Nashville in as long as we can remember (likely decades), with a May 12 stop slated for The Basement East! Needless to say, this is a tiny show for a band like Sum 41, so if you want any chance of scoring tickets, you’d better try the minute they go on sale, Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. CDT right here (or, if you happen to be a CitiCard holder, you can get in on a pre-sale from Tuesday to Thursday).
April 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
April 28 – Tempe, AZ – Big Surf Waterpark
April 30 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
May 1 – Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room
May 2 – Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock
May 4 – Orlando, FL – The Abby
May 5 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
May 6 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
May 8 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues Parish
May 12 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
May 14 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
May 21 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
May 24 – Cleveland, OH – Phantasy
May 25 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
May 26 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge