Sum 41 to Perform at AP Awards
The 411 On The AP Music Awards From Deryck Whibley of Sum 41
Some of the biggest names in alternative rock (Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, All Time Low, Halestorm) are headed to Cleveland for an evening of life music and honors during the 2nd Annual Alternative Press Music Awards. The larger-than-life collection of alt rock bands will convene for this rather epic night of music at Quicken Loans Arena on July 22.
We spoke with Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist of Sum 41. The band, which has taken a two-year hiatus from touring, will be performing live during the AP Music Awards. Check out what Deryck had to share...
1. Congratulations on getting the opportunity to perform at the 2015 AP Music Awards here in Cleveland. What are you most looking forward to?
"We've been off and haven't performed live in over two years - and that's the longest in our entire career. That's the longest break we've ever had.
It's just really cool that we can play the awards and it's our first performance back. We just haven't been on stage in so long. That's what I'm most excited about."
2. Since this is the first time you'll be performing in a long time, are you feeling any pressure? Or, are you just excited to be back in it?
"I don't know. I guess it's like I feel a lot of things. I don't feel pressure. I feel very excited, although, that could be nervous energy there.
But it's mostly like you feel when Christmas is coming. You know it's coming, but it not quite there yet, but you're so excited. You want it to be here so bad.
There's so much preparation. I'm still figuring out what we're going to play. We're rehearsing different things."
3. You experienced some serious health issues last year that caused quite a scare. On behalf of your fans, can you give us an update on how you're feeling these days?
"I feel pretty good. I feel amazing, really. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in my life. I'm in the best health I've ever been in my life. I'm really happy. I‘m excited to have the chance to do this again. For a second there, that was kind of it for me."
4. You've worked with the Alternative Press for years. What's that relationship like?
"Right from the beginning, they were the first American publication to put us on the cover of a magazine. I remember when we got it. We were very surprised. It was just very early on in our careers. We weren't used to getting coverage like that. It was a bit deal for us. I still have the magazine cover framed on my wall."
5. What kinds of new projects are you working on right now?
"The biggest thing is that I'm making a new album. That consumes my whole life. I'm right in the middle of it.
The album is pretty rockin'. I just want to rock. It's energetic. It's fun. It's heavy.
Lyrically, I've always written about myself. Obviously, I've gone through a lot myself. It's pretty real and about me. I write whatever comes out."