Sum 41, on their current headlining tour Order in Decline, performed Wednesday night at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. I was excited about the show, as Sum 41 has been a long-time favorite of mine. This show is the 3rd time; I had the privilege of seeing Sum 41 perform. The first time several years ago on the “Screaming Bloody Murder” tour at this very same venue. And more recently, I caught them at “Louder Than Life” in Louisville, Kentucky. These performances had nothing in comparison to the energy they brought with them last night.
Getting a chance to catch Sum 41 twice during the Order of Decline tour was a treat in which I saw two very different shows. With the Louisville show not being a headlining show, the set time was short, it was during the day in the sweltering heat, but those are part of the whole big festival ambiance that I also love. Last night they played at the House of Blues where they got the chance to let loose with their complete show, including so much confetti and lights The set opened with “Turning Away,” a song from Sum’s recently released album “Order in Decline.” They then jumped in the way back machine for some “Hell Song” and some “Motivation.” At this point, as viewed best from the balcony above, little swirls of bouncy mosh circles could be seen everywhere. They brought back fond memories for me of hanging out at the skatepark. The energy just kept gaining momentum as we were lead into a sing-along to “Rock You.” They played another half dozen favorites songs and anthems of my youth. Just after “Still Waiting,” SUM performed their obligatory fake finish. Before coming back with a “Machine Gun.” To End the evening, we were asked to provide a moment of silence for the Canadian National anthem … After a brief pause, they erupted into the best Punk Party song hands down, “Fat Lip.” This was the best Sum 41 show I have seen yet, although I hope to see them again soon.
Sum 41 is done with the US portion after only two more shows and then headed to bring this teen/middle-aged angst to Japan and beyond after the holidays. So if you can catch one of their remaining shows … I say DO IT.