Sum 41 Add Former Guitarist, Have Several Songs Recorded


With all the good Sum 41 news that has been coming our way over the past few months, frontman Deryck Whibley has revealed some more.

Last week, Whibley sat down with Alternative Press to discuss the resurrection of the band following the health issues that almost killed him last year which, in a way, resulted in the band’s reunion.

Making their official performance reunion at the Alternative Press Music Awards last month and before that announcing a new album was currently in the works, Whibley confirmed that former guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh had returned to the group and will be featured on the new album; the first since 2004’s Chuck.

When discussing Baksh’s return, Whibley admitted that somethings have changed since Baksh left the group in 2006 like them getting a little bit wiser and maturing some.

“I would say the only thing that’s different now is we’re just a little bit wiser — a little bit. We’re just a little bit more mature. We’re a little bit more experienced in life in general.”

“It’s the answer to ‘What if?’ The answer to ‘Why?’ The chance to prove that that was just a moment in time where I got overwhelmed. I took a lot of time to … really wrap my head around the responsibility of being in a band,” added Baksh.

As for new music, which seems to be the biggest question since they confirmed a new album was in the process of being made, Whibley admits that they currently have several songs recorded.

“Recording-wise, there’s about 6 or 7 songs recorded. But the thing is, I just keep writing new ones … but I am going to stop it at a point. It’s not going to keep going. For the next few months, it’s just writing and recording and then I hope it should be getting ready to be done. Then we have to figure out our label situation. I just really want to get back on the road. I hate being in the studio.”

Six to seven new songs is a great start especially for a band that could have considered DOA this time two years ago.

Watch Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley Return to the Stage


It’s been over a year since Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley was admitted to the hospital for kidney and liver failure due to all the years of alcohol abuse and it looks like the time as well as the assistance from some unlikely friends, has helped the singer recover. 

During the weekend, Whibley and his side band, Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines, played two shows in California; a kind of welcome back. Thanks to several audience members, footage from the Santa Ana show have already been posted online showing a less frail Whibley on the stage, singing some of Sum 41’s biggest songs.

Check out several videos from the group’s show at The Observatory at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA.

Late last week, former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way revealed on Instagram that he had been asked to join Whibley and the rest of the group, during the three shows in California.

As for the Sum 41 camp, the Canadian band will reportedly make their “comeback” later this month when they take the stage at the second annual Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland. 

Mikey Way to Join Deryck Whibley During California Shows


It looks like former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way will be taking a short break from his new project, Electric Century, to give another band a hand.

The bassist revealed on Twitter that he would be joining Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley for three upcoming show. Whibley had revealed a few weeks before that he and his own side project, Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines, would perform some Sum 41 music during three California shows that they had planned.

The three shows will be some kind of a warm up for Whibley, who last year had been hospitalized due to some serious medical conditions stemming from years of alcohol abuse. As announced by Alternative Press, the Canadian band will be making their “comeback” at the Alternative Press Music Awards set to take place later this month. The band will reportedly perform.

Check out the three shows the group have planned.

Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines dates:

July 3 – Orange County, CA @ The Constellation Room at The Observatory
July 5 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lyric Theatre

Deryck Whibley Returns to the Studio


It’s been a long year for Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley.

The musician was admitted into the hospital for kidney and liver failure back in May due to years of alcohol abuse leading to him to proclaim a sober lifestyle.

During the course of his recovery, he did reveal that while admitted, his musical muse had returned to him, inspiring him to write some new music.

Now, over six months after being in the hospital, Whibley has posted several pictures on the band’s official Facebook page of him back in the studio (as seen above) looking a lot better than he did when he wrote to fans about being rushed to the hospital back in May. The caption for the photo simply reads, “I go to work.”

The uploaded pictures also include shots of instruments and a shot of Whibley jamming with Sum 41 guitarist Tom Thacker which could be proof that some new music from the Canadian group might be on the horizon for 2015.

Check out the pictures from Facebook below.




If or when this new album becomes a reality it will be the band’s first new record since 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder, which was released Island Records.

Sum 41 Frontman Gets Help from Unlikely Friends


When news hit that Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley had been admitted to the hospital, the frontman was the first to reveal that the cause of his long-term hospitalization for kidney and liver failure was due to his many years of alcohol abuse.

It has now been over two months since  his life-altering news had been uncovered and now, in a recent interview, Whibley revealed that he has gotten help from two unlikely people; Iggy Pop and Tommy Lee.

Pop and Lee have been known for their boozing history and seem like the most unlikely people to help someone from the cusp of death to recovery, but with their history, that might be why they reached out to him.

“Now I’m sober, I don’t get calls from certain people that I used to…the drinking friends” Whibley began in an interview with Kerrang!

“Now, I’m the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party? Y’know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he’s been through it all. We’ve been friends for years.”

Doctors had told Whibley that if he were to take one more shot of alcohol, it would cost him his life. The road to recovery began for the “Fat Lip” singer after he had been drinking at home and collapsed. His fiancée found him and rushed him to the hospital. That’s when the news was broken to him and where his long-term stay in the hospital began.

One silver lining for Whibley was that his ordeal had inspired him to write new music. He told fans to keep an eye out for that.

Sum 41 Frontman Admitted into Hospital for Kidney and Liver Failure


In what has come as surprising news to fans and casual listeners of Sum 41, frontman Deryck Whibley has released an open letter revealing that he was admitted to the hospital to deal with some serious health concerns. In the letter, he reveals that he was admitted into the hospital over a month ago to get treatment for both kidney and liver failure after collapsing in his home and being sedated at the hospital for a week. 

By his own account, Whibley had admitted that years of serious alcohol abuse had led to the situation that he is currently in; laid up in a hospital with serious health conditions. He also reveals that he understand that after the bad has passed, he would never be able to drink again. The only upside, he says? The fact that his musical muse had finally returned and that he is currently writing music. 

You can read his letter (and see a picture straight from the hospital) below and just remember guys, drink with responsibly. It might sound like a clichéd, alcohol commercial disclaimer, but no one wants to one day be admitted into the hospital with such serious health problems at such a young age. 

“hey everyone, it’s deryck here. sorry i’ve been so m.i.a. lately, but i’ve been very sick in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip to the hospital. the reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing i’ve been doing over the years. it finally caught up to me. i was drinking hard every day. until one night. i was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around mid night and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden i didn’t feel so good.

i then collapsed to the ground unconscious. my fiancé got me rushed to the hospital where they put me into the intensive care unit. i was stuck with needles and i.v.’s all over. i was completely sedated the FIRST WEEK. when i finally woke up the next day i had no idea where i was. my mum and step dad were standing over me. i was so freaked out. my liver and kidney’s collapsed on me. needless to say it scared me straight. i finally realized i can’t drink anymore. if i have one drink the doc’s say i will die. i’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. i didn’t, and look where that got me. (i never thought i would ever say that! haha) anyway i have my passion and inspiration back for writing music. i already have a few song ideas for new songs. soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again. see you all sometime! there will be more posts again so say up to date friends.