Sunday night, Montreal punk rock fans made their pilgrimage to Place Bell in Laval to witness punk rock legends The Offspring and Canadian punk rockers Sum 41.
The house was packed with fans of all ages for this sold-out show. First, we got to experience Dinosaur Pile-up, an alternative rock trio from the UK who have been compared to Nirvana in the past. They played a 7-song set which included 6 songs from their new album Celebrity Mansions while finishing their set with “Blackfoot”. Solid band to watch out for, check them out.
You could feel the anticipation in the arena as Sum 41 took the stage, rocking out like only they can. Starting with “Turning Away” and “The Hell Song”, these guys are just so tight. Deryck Whibley and the boys just keep the party going playing a solid 14 songs set with included a cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. Rock us they did and it just kept getting better and better from there, with the band finishing strongly with “In Too Deep”, “Fat Lip” and “Still Waiting.”
Almost perfect in every way except for the fact that we could barely see the guys as their lighting was a wee bit on the dark side but that didn’t stop us for screaming our lungs out and having a great time.
Finally, it was time for California’s The Offspring to entertain us, the guys were in a particularly good mood on this night, playing what I would have to qualify as the best show I’ve seen of them. The place was on fire from the first note of “Americana” and never let up all show!
This was a full-on punk rock rager, full of funny rants, Noodles told us we are the sexiest crowd in Canada, to beach balls flying in the air. Dr. Dexter Holland looked and sounded a good 15 years younger on this night, they were solid AF playing hits “Come Out and Play”, “Original Prankster”, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?”, “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” and their final song of the night “Self Esteem.”
Fans of the band were not left disappointed and they even threw in a couple a fun covers of the Ramones “Blitzkrieg Pop” and AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie”.
This was one of the best shows of the year. Such a fun night, punk rock lives on and can’t wait to see these guys again and if you have a chance do it, money well spent!
Review – Eric Brisson
Sum 41 & crowd photos – Eric Brisson
The Offspring photos – Kieron Yates