by Nikki Hunt
The four-minute wait between the end of opener IAmDynamite’s set and the beginning of Sum 41’s set last night at House of Blues was quickly forgotten once the band, on tour to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of its pop-punk classic Does This Look Infected?, came out and delivered “Hell Song.” By the set’s fifth song, “Still Waiting,” singer Deryck Whibley was determined to get the crowd involved. He insisted it be a sing along, invited six fans on stage, and declared it a song for some “mother fucking dancing.” Then came time for the “love song” “A.N.I.C.,” which he dedicated to Anna Nicole Smith, whom he said was “a very special woman.” The song featured the touching line “you look like ass, you smell like shit, so why are you such a dick?” Nice.
Later in the 90-minute set came some “metal shit,” including songs such as "Motivation" and "All to Blame," which featured ten minutes of fans trying to crowd surf. "In Too Deep," was a real crowd-pleaser and based off the singing and dancing along, it's one of the band’s most notorious songs. And to anyone who has yet to realize a show isn’t over until the lights come up, ask yourself, would Sum 41 have really ended the set without playing “Fat Lip”? The third song of a four-song encore could have drawn the crowd all by itself. Granted, it’s different to see a group of guys in their early thirties perform a song they wrote in their late-teens, but some things can’t change, like being raised on heavy metal and mullets. “Fat Lip” gave way to “Pain for Pleasure,” which brought drummer Steve Jocz off his seat and into the lead singer role before the band took a final bow.