Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley to Return to Stage Following Alcohol Problems
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley seems to have made great strides since he was hospitalized with severe liver and kidney damage due to his alcoholism in May 2014. At the time, the singer said, "I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If I have one drink, the docs say I will die." Now, the singer is ready to return to the stage with Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines, who will play three California club shows in July.
Whibley will perform at the Constellation Room at the Observatory in Orange County on July 3, at the Casbah in San Diego on July 5 and at the Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles on July 7. He said the band will be performing Sum 41 songs.
When Whibley was asked earlier this year if he has any fears about returning to the road and literally having to learn how to walk again, he said:
I have slight fears. Not really drinking fears, but I hope my balance for my legs is going to be fine. I just don’t want to fall over. But I have no idea yet, really. I don’t know what it’ll be like. I’ll have no idea until we go out there, but it could be the best thing I’ve ever done. I mean, if I could be on tour right now, we would be on tour. We’re working on it, though. If there’s a stage, I’ll play on it.
As for Sum 41, it has not yet been made clear when the group will return to action, but they posted a brief video on Facebook in April that showed a speaker playing a snippet of new music.
Sum 41 - "Fat Lip" (Official Music Video)