Some bad news for Sum 41 fans. Music Scene regrets to reveal that Sum 41 have been forced to pull out of their upcoming Irish Tour Dates whereby they were scheduled to perform live on stage at The Academy in Dublin as part of the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour on February 4th & 5th 2012. Unfortunately, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has been suffering from a back injury and will not be well enough to perform on the 11 date UK and Ireland tour. The Blackout have been confirmed to replace Sum 41 while New Found Glory will still remain as the headline act.
“I feel really terrible about letting down the fans,” says Deryck. “I injured my back and the doctors are saying that I could be in a wheelchair. So, as much as I wanted to be able to do it, I’ve got to look at reality, and for the first time I’ve got to listen to somebody else and not just myself. We’re all really upset about this; we’ve had such a great relationship with our UK fans. We were really looking forward to this tour.”
“We are really gutted to lose Sum 41 from what will be an unforgettable tour,” says Kerrang! Editor James McMahon. “Let’s be honest, the news totally blows. However the tour must go on and we’re chuffed to say we’ve found a more than worthy replacement. We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Blackout have offered to step up to the plate and will be taking to the stage with New Found Glory, letlive. and While She Sleeps in February.”
“We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute!” says The Blackout‘s Sean Smith. “We’ve played the tour once before [in 2010] and we know what a total laugh it is. But hopefully Sum 41 fans won’t try and murder us! This should be a really, really great tour and we’re all really excited to watch the other bands every night.”
As The Blackout replace Sum 41 and the rest of the original line-up still remains unaffected, The Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour still takes place at The Academy in Dublin on Saturday February 4th & Sunday February 5th 2012.
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