A real Sum-body to play Frosh

The only thing that Paris Hilton and Avril Lavigne have in common.
The only thing that Paris Hilton and Avril Lavigne have in common.
Photo courtesy of sum41.com

Frosh will be treated to some music from Sum’s upcoming album tonight in the Miller Hall parking lot.

Tonight Canada’s most popular punk export, Sum 41, will be playing this year’s annual Frosh Week concert. The Ajax phenomenon are currently doing a College/University tour, Queen’s being their second stop.

They’re promoting Chuck, their follow-up album to 2002’s Does This Look Infected?, which is due for release October 12.

The new album’s title was inspired by Sum’s recent visit to city of Bukavu in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. The guys visited the Congo to shoot a documentary for War Child Canada.

During their stay the band found themselves under fire as guns and explosives went off in the area around the their hotel, even though the band entered the city during a period of “cease fire.” According to Deryck Whibley (lead singer), the scene was dire: bullets were coming through the windows, mirrors were shattering and one bomb even hit the hotel.

After a few hours of fire, an escape plan needed to be orchestrated and the name of the U.N. representative that arranged their escape was Chuck Pelletier. They eventually were forced to exit the hotel and run to an armoured vehicle through the street where the fighting had been going on.

There were moments when the band wasn’t sure if they’d make it out alive, but said that if they did they should name their next album “Chuck,” after the man who saved their lives. And so came the name of this album, which was mostly recorded before their trip, except for one track, their first single, which was inspired by their experience in Bukavu, entitled “We’re All To Blame.”

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