Deryck Whibley and pals were originally supposed to be touring Japan at the same time as his ex-wife, Avril Lavigne. But while Ms. Skater Girl ended up postponing her arena tour 'out of respect' (er... whatever), Sum 41 have taken the opposite approach: not only are they coming, they've stuck fast to their original plan to include Sendai on their itinerary, even if they had to delay the scheduled gig by a day over transport concerns. Either way, it just goes to show that you can't keep a good punk down. It's been a decade since the Ontario rockers released their debut album, the aptly titled All Killer No Filler, which explains why this is being advertised as a '10th anniversary tour' (they've actually been at it since 1996, but never mind). The band continue to enjoy a fervent following in Japan: new album Screaming Bloody Murder charted higher when it was released here last month than it managed even in their native Canada.
Sum 41 also play at Zepp Tokyo on May 28.