October 9th, 2001

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Sum41 Swagger, Get Mushy, Honor The Metal At Florida Show.


JACKSONVILLE, Florida � The Marquee Theatre holds about 1,000 people, and you could tell it was packed for Sunday night's Sum41 show when club personnel produced a garden hose to cool the sweltering throng. The young band's hour-long set nearly exhausted their entire song catalog, with the audience's demands for a post-"Fat Lip" encore pushing them to close their set with "Pain for Pleasure," the half-joking metal anthem tacked onto the end of their rambunctious pop/punk record All Killer No Filler.

The songs came rapid-fire style. Driven by the furious drumming of Steve Jocz, many were even faster than the over-before-you-know-it studio recordings on All Killer, most of which don't even crack three minutes. Jocz hung little skulls from his cymbals and, whenever he could, jumped in front of his kit to hop on the mic. He also delivered a confident, strobe-drenched drum solo in the middle of "All She's Got."

Confidence really wasn't a problem for any of Jocz's bandmates either. In fact, one day after their performance on "Saturday Night Live," the members of Sum41 were swaggering like pirates. Although he appreciated the two-fingered devil horns, frontman Deryck Whibley took it upon himself to teach the crowd the Sum41 salute: Raise four fingers on your right hand and one (carefully selected) finger on your left hand. In case anyone had trouble figuring it out, a giant blacklit skeleton behind the stage demonstrated the gesture.

Whibley sang most of the leads, somehow managing to snarl like a pre-irony Billy Idol and still incite Timberlake-quality shrieks of delight from the punk rock girls down front. Whibley had this little affectation when he sang, which entailed him pulling the mic stand up high, then pointing the mic itself down so he was actually shouting up into it. The girls seemed to like that, too.

About midway through the set, the band challenged the audience to stump guitarist Dave Baksh by shouting out a metal band and daring him to play a lead riff from said band on the spot. Baksh passed the test easily, sending forth impromptu riffs from Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica like he was just playing scales.

Sum41 repeatedly announced its affection for the festive, crowd-surfing, clothes-throwing Jacksonville fans. Maybe Whibley was just getting mushy after swilling from a tequila bottle onstage, but toward the end of the show he also took pains to praise the security guards for keeping the huge crowd orderly while still allowing fans to have fun.

Fun is the key with Sum41. They don't wallow in self-loathing, and they don't want to feel your pain. They just want to screw around and be allowed to make their own mistakes, which is basically the message of their hit single "Fat Lip," a playful anti-authority song that invokes the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" in both subject and form. Predictably, the Jacksonville crowd commenced uncontrollable bouncing when "Fat Lip" rolled around near the end of the show. Sum41 may not have a lot of songs to choose from just yet, but they have at least one guaranteed to heat up the party � even when they're competing with a garden hose.

For an interview with the band, check out "7 Questions With Sum41."

�Nick Marino
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Ozzy Cozying Up To Fans On Film During In-Store Trek.


While anyone over the age of 12 might be frowned upon at the local mall for taking a picture with Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, fans young and old alike need not be shy to line up for a snapshot with another mythical pop-culture figure.

Ozzy Osbourne is inviting fans to have their pictures taken with him during a string of in-store appearances scheduled around the release of his new album, Down to Earth, according to his publicist. In lieu of the conventional autograph, the godfather of metal will have the moment with each fan preserved for posterity with a Polaroid.

The five-city promotional trek begins October 16, the day Down to Earth drops, in Hollywood, and wraps up October 20 in Chicago. Eleven days later, Osbourne heads to Tucson, where his two-month A Night of Merry Mayhem Tour with Rob Zombie, Mudvayne and Soil will commence (see "Ozzy, Zombie To Wreak Merry Mayhem On Tour").

Ozzy's in-store appearances, according to his publicist:
10/16 - Hollywood, CA @ Tower Records
10/17 - Fords, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl
10/18 - West Babylon, NY @ Looney Tunes
10/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Records (Roosevelt Blvd.)
10/20 - Chicago, IL @ Rolling Stone Records

�Joe D'Angelo
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Praising Animosity.

Sevendust will be shooting a video for their new single "Praise" at The Club (formerly known as Firestone) in Orlando, FL this Wednesday, October 10th, beginning at 4pm EST. The band are looking for several hundred fans to show up to the shoot and all who attend will be required to stay in the venue for up to 8 hours. The single itself comes from the groups impending new album "Animosity", which is currently due out on November 13th through TVT. In other news, the band have firmed up their dates with Fuel and Nonpoint, they are as follows:
November 10th El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
November 11th Lubbock, TX - Fair Park Coliseum
November 14th Waco, TX - Heart O'Texas Fairground
November 15th Dallas, TX - Bronco Bowl
November 16th Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
November 18th New Orleans, LA - Kiefer Lakefront Arena
November 23rd Wilkes Barre, PA - First Union Arena
November 24th Asbury Park, NJ - Convention Hall
December 01st New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
December 07th Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
December 08th Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
December 09th St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkens Auditorium
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One American Pledge...

It has now been confirmed that No One will play on all remaining dates of the Pledge of Allegiance Tour, which features Slipknot, System Of A Down, Rammstein and American Head Charge, a band who will officially take over Mudvayne's recently vacated slot for the rest of the trek, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 09th.
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New Old Bizkit...

More information has surfaced on Limp Bizkit's upcoming remix album which has now been re-titled "New Old Songs", and is currently slated for a December release through Flip/Interscope. Tracks tentatively being eyed for the album at present include:
"Nookie" remixed by The Neptunes
"Take A Look Around" Remixed by Timbaland and featuring guest appearances from E-40 and Eightball
"My Way" remixed by P. Diddy
"My Way" remixed by Limp Bizkit guitarist DJ Lethal
"Break Stuff" remixed by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland
"Break Stuff" remixed by Limp Bizkit turntablist DJ Lethal
"Break Stuff" remixed by William Orbit
"N 2 Gether Now" remixed by The Neptunes
Contributions from DJ Premier, Josh Abraham, Eve, Bubba Sparxxx and more are also said to be in the works for the effort.
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Run Like Kitties...

Kittie recently shot the video for their first single "What I Always Wanted" in Toronto, ON with director Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, Mudvayne). Its expected to begin airing late this month, while the bands new album "Oracle" will follow, landing in stores on November 13th through Artemis.