“We want Sum, we want Sum!" chanted fervent teens who were more than ready for their first major mosh pit shenanigans in months, after the long silence of Singapore's concert circuit. Judging from the roaring reception they gave to Sum 41, the crowd was certainly more than impressed by Canada's fearless foursome.
Singapore's Pug Jelly did well with their opening stint, too. Comprising Sam (bass) and Matt Cooper (drums), Adam Nelson (guitar), and Masashi Kimura (guitar), Pug Jelly served up their catchy blend of punk pop ditties with ease and speed. Unfortunately, the talents of drummer Matt were buried under the less-than-ideal acoustics. And further plagued by the misfortune of a sudden power trip, the band had to retreat without playing their first radio hit "Give Or Take." It was an anticlimax for the band and the crowd, who were just starting to warm up for the night.
Less than a half-hour later, Sum 41 emerged from the darkness and let loose with "Mr. Amsterdam." The mosh pit went crazy instantly, and the barricades were almost rammed over. From then on, it was more than an hour's worth of pure Sum 41 madness.
Jumping around like fully-charged Energizer bunnies, the boys -- Deryck Whibley, Cone McCaslin, Dave Baksh -- of Sum 41 delivered the hits -- "Fat Lip," "In Too Deep," "The Hell Song" -- with such punch and ferocity that they would've brought the stage down if they had rocked any harder. Frontman Deryck a.k.a Bizzy D entertained with his silly stage banter. ("I can't read, I'm a moron!") One of the night's highlights was the "love song" titled "A.N.I.C," dedicated to Anna Nicole Smith and "lovingly" introduced to the crowd by Deryck.
Sum 41 can hide behind the guise of a dumb rock band, but they can't disguise the quality of their musicianship. They played tight and seamlessly, with Dave launching into his metal solos every once in a while. And seeing the rhythm machine Steve "Stevo32" Jocz in action with his impeccable drum-fills and syncopations was well worth the trip alone. But Steve did not only drum. The infamous "Pain For Pleasure" saw Steve taking on the mike while Deryck went behind the drums for a rousing finale that made hearts leap with a joyous primal yell.
With a set spanning all of their albums -- Half Hour Of Power, All Killer, No Filler and Does This Look Infected? -- Sum 41 showed Singapore what they were all about. A night out with Sum 41 was as simple as this -- they came, they played, and they rocked!