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SUM 41


Nov 23, 2012 – 7:00 PM

520 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101 Map

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SUM 41

SHOW DATE:    Friday 11/23/12
ADVANCE TICKETS:    $20.00   -  You Save: $2.00
AT THE DOOR:    $22.00


Live show on the Main Stage featuring: SUM 41



ALL Ages Show

Doors open at 7pm

Presented live on the Main Stage

USD 20.00
Sum 41: Multiplatinum rock outfit Sum 41 wrapped its final tour supporting 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder in April 2013. It was one of the band’s longest and most attended touring cycles in its 20 year career, and they found themselves nominated for a Grammy for the first time ever. However things were not as perfect as they seemed, as vocalist, guitarist, and producer Deryck Whibley found himself on the brink of destruction.

“I can’t pin-point one exact moment that put me over the edge, it was more of an accumulation of many things when I slipped into a fog of partying and booze. I tried to detach myself from any and all responsibility whatsoever,” Whibley reflects. He spent the next year doing just that, and at the end found himself in a Los Angeles hospital fighting for his life.

Whibley spent most of April and May 2014 in and out of the ICU with his mother and fiancée by his side. When he was finally released as an outpatient he realized that his journey was just beginning, and it was then that he began to write while simultaneously going through intense physical therapy. “Being sober and out of the fog made me realize that the only things I really cared about were music, making a record, and getting better so I could get back on stage again.”

The music came together in tandem with Whibley’s health; he recalls: “Due to neuropathy, muscle atrophy and medication that caused permanent nerve damage in my legs and feet left me unable to walk and in excruciating pain for months. I had to learn how to do everything again—my motor skills, learning how to play guitar. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly, or even at all.”

He continues, “Writing music gave me a purpose and I started from scratch with absolutely nothing to work with. I would put on movies with no sound and start writing guitar riffs and music to the images. Mostly movies from Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino like Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards. The process led me in a direction that I had never gone in before which made me feel like I was writing a theatrical score called “hard-score punk”.

Soon, he was gathering his bandmates at his home in Los Angeles to begin laying down tracks for what would become the group’s sixth full-length album, 13 Voices. The record includes a surprise return from original guitarist Dave Brownsound, who parted ways with the band a decade prior. The first song Dave played guitar on was “Goddamn I’m Dead Again” a track that proves that the fiery guitar riffs that came to define SUM 41 are back.

In addition to bassist Cone McCaslin and lead guitarist Tom Thacker, Sum 41 would also formally welcome Frank Zummo (Street Drum Corps, Krewella, Thenewno2, Dead By Sunrise) behind the kit.

IAMDYNAMITE: Big things come in small packages for IAMDYNAMITE (Formerly Mahoney) as they come armed with a simple guitar and drum kit, but pack clever harmonies, dancy guitar riffs, fist-pounding drums and undeniable dance hooks to leave an explosive fallout.

The Raleigh, NC based duo featuring Chris Martin and Chris Phillips have been cutting their teeth in the indie rock scene of their native Detroit for years but wanted to separate themselves with their own unique brand of music that presents itself as the armed robbery of dance rock.

The band caught the eye of their current producer and bass player of platinum rock act Blue October, Matt Noveskey, who produced the band's first EP in 2008 alongside Chuck Alkazian at the world famous Pearl Studios in Detroit. Noveskey fueled the duo with the power and confidence to beat down a few doors and are currently positioning themselves for their ambitious full length debut, to be recorded this fall at the legendary Pedernales studios in Austin, Texas.

IAMDYNAMITE's brand of distinct sound is filled with sharp, calculated guitar lines coupled with explosive, driving drum rhythms. If IAMDYNAMITE'S sound held a ruckus of a dinner party, Weezer, The White Stripes and Matt and Kim would all be seated at the table.

Even though the band is approaching the industry at blazing speed, the duo is known for their party-like live shows with a huge sound that beckons for fist-pounding, ass-shaking and sweaty high fives. Both Chris's have already filmed a couple of entertaining music videos ("Turn Off The Lights" and "Ms. Jones") that were Directed by Marty "LAZER" Stano. The videos have won several awards including Make a Star's Best Music Video two times in a row, and second place in the Super Shorts UK Film Festival among others.

With a full length release slated for early 2011 full of explosive songs and heavy touring to support it, the future looks very bright for the duo who claim, quite simply...IAMDYNAMITE.

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