Article By Cindy James Sum 41 review
Article By Cindy James on May 15, 2002

17 February 2002
Sum41 Sydney Review

Canadian pop punk quartet SUM41 flew into Sydney last night playing a one night show at the University of NSW "ROUNDHOUSE" promoting their Rising Sum tour. The night started off with the up beat fast punk opening act “for amusement only” rocking the stage with their high energy catchy tunes, Although the crowds favourite proved to be the new single “the next time” off their new E.P “where did we go wrong?” currently receiving air play on triple j.

FAO got the crowd pumped up for upcoming headline act SUM41 but before giving the stage over they showed us their famous Melbourne rock antics proving sum41 not to be the only bad asses in punk rock. This was F.A.O’s third time in Sydney and will definitely not be their last!

The small wait in between set-up brought the audience to a chant for SUM41, then the band holding back that few extra minutes keeping to the side of the stage waiting for their moment, before bursting out with “Nothing On My Back”, being the 2nd track of their current chart topping C.D ALL KILLER, NO FILLER.

Lead singer Bizzy D had some awesome moves up his sleeve, including sliding his guitar back and forth along the mike stand keeping us all amazed and eager to see what else he had in store for us! As the guitar slide came to and end Bizzy D moved on to show us his more intimate guitar solo and moment with the crowd before jumping into “Motivation” a fast pop punk single yet to be released in Australia. Singer Bizzy D decided that the one way too make this show “even hotter” was to invite two girls on stage to pash each other off in front of the 3000 turnout, but two girls wasn’t enough for this eager Sydney crowd ending up with 6 chicks on stage ready to show the crowd their stuff!

Guitarist and back up vocalist Brown Sound [aka Dave Baksh] requested the audience to shout out their favourite heavy metal band for him to cover with Metalica and Pantera being the most popular requests, a little different from the punk scene but an entertaining moment.

Two Triple J contest winners were flown from Melbourne to the show last night to sing along their own version of SUM41’s current single “In too deep” along side with their idols backing up but without a great response from the crowd the girls gave up and just went to singing the real words.

Not too much further into the set came along good friend and drummer Tony Lee to step in for stevo32 while he moved up to the front to do an awesome punk rap with front man Bizzy D. As the rap came to an end I found my self being bombarded by fans jumping into the mosh pit ready to hear their last song for the night, their smash hit “Fat Lip” ending the night with a pumped and contented crowd.

It was an awesome night and I hope it’s not too long before the band come back to Australia to do a longer tour. Thanks lots to Michael Chugg Entertainment for bringing these bands to Sydney! and for the chance to get to see them live!