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Sum 41 pull out of Kerrang! Tour

Story by Jack Foley

KERRANG! regret to announce that Sum 41 have been forced to pull out of the upcoming Kerrang! Tour Sponsored By Relentless Energy Drink.

The rest of the line-up remains unaffected. The Blackout will replace 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, which is set to kick off on February 4 at Dublin Academy.

“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.”

Kerrang! Editor James McMahon commented: “Kerrang! are really gutted to lose Sum 41 from what will be an unforgettable tour. 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.”

Commenting on their insertion into the line-up, The Blackout’s co-vocalist Sean Smith said: “We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute! 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.”