Last night I saw Motionless in White at Biebob in Belgium. It was my first time seeing them live and also my first time in this particular venue.
It was amazing!
I didn’t quite know what to expect from the venue, but when we got there I instantly felt comfortable. There was such a friendly and outgoing vibe. People from all ages were hanging out, chatting, and moshing to support act Cane Hill (who were also incredibly good by the way – I hadn’t heard of them before but I’m definitely going to check out their music). A guy fell down while moshing and immediately got picked up by strangers, and back into the pit they went. It makes me happy to see that kind of kindness in this community.
Then Motionless in White came on. Even though the stage was fairly small compared to what I’ve seen them play in live videos, they did give it some unique touches to make it their own. The mic stand was decorated with a bouquet of upside down roses and there were massive lights on the back of the stage making the bandmembers appear as beautiful, smokey silhouettes.
The setlist was well divided between their 2017 album Graveyard Shift and their previous albums. I think there was something in it for everyone. They played most of my favourite songs, anyway!
For Abigail they invited Spencer from Ice Nine Kills (unfortunately we didn’t get to see them) on stage to sing with them.
The cover of the night was SOAD’s Chop Suey which, for me, was an awesome surprise. Ricky (guitar) and Devin (bass) switched instruments for this one.
I loved that it was so up close and personal. Chris (vocals) made an effort to touch every hand that reached out to him (and hug every stage diver during the encore). He divided his attention equally between left, center and right, and made eye contact with the crowd whenever possible. It was easy to see he was excited to be there. They came across as very friendly, humble and professional.
“No barricades”, as Chris made the audience chant.
The show was pretty much flawless. I had an awesome night! I’m so glad I finally got to see these guys live. Can’t wait until they come back!
If you mean it, you’ll make it.
Last weekend was my first time seeing Sum 41 live. Even though I’ve been a fan since my age was still a single digit, the stars somehow never alligned for me to see them. But on Friday night they did.
The place was packed, sold out in no time, with mostly 20-something-year-olds like myself. People were excitedly singing along to The Ramones, Papa Roach, and the like before the show. It’s not every day a band like Sum 41 comes all the way to our rainy little country. The moment the white curtain fell and the first chords were played I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt such pride and happiness that after everything this band has been through they are still standing up there. And after everything I’m still standing here too. And now we finally got to share this amazing night filled with good music, celebration, and positivity.
The setlist ranged from old songs to new songs to guitar solos and a cover of Queen’s We Will Rock You. There were balloons, confetti, and a massive skeleton. It was pretty much everything you could possibly want from a Sum 41 show.
My favourite moment? When Deryck climbed onto the sound booth in the audience and sang the gorgeous With Me.
It was amazing to finally hear all those familiar songs live. I’m so grateful I got to experience it. Sum 41 has got the stage performance of an experienced band, they’re comfortable and know what works and what doesn’t. But they never lost their humility, their excitement, their Sumness. It makes them a great live band, because there’s nothing more fun than watching the people you came to see have the best time.
It’s been a long time since I moshed to No Reason in my old bedroom and cried along to Pieces in moments of teenage angst. It’s been an even longer time since I jumped up and down on my parents’ furniture, playing air guitar to Fat Lip and In Too Deep. Shouting about not wanting to become another casualty of society. Now I relate perfectly to Breaking the Chain and War. Sum 41 is one of the bands I grew up with. For me, they were there as soon as I started to develop my own taste in music. We’re all grown up now, but we didn’t grow old. At the end of the day we still want to have a good time and mess around. And we’re still those kids trying to find our own little dysfunctional place in the world. Just slightly older and wiser. Slightly :).