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On Stage With Sum 41

If you are as socially awkward as I am, then the idea of being put front and center of a sold-out arena crowd is one hell of a terrifying thought. Now, this situation doesn’t seem likely to happen in everyday life but if your second home is at the barricade, then it’s totally plausible. How do I know this? Because it happened to me and I literally have not shut up about it since 2013 (I wish I was exaggerating.)

To set the scene, my friends (Paige, our lovely editor-in chief, and my sister Carley, our creative director!) and I were eating chicken strips (true story), front row for Billy Talent‘s Toronto date for the Dead Silence tour at the Air Canada Centre. Sum 41 was opening and we were very much prepared for a wild night- little did I know I’d end up on stage with them.

“All of a sudden Deryck is in front of me and pointing, yelling ‘Get that girl up here!'”

If you’ve seen Sum 41 in the past, you know that they are no strangers to bringing fans on stage. So, Deryck Whibley is roaming the barricade, picking out a select few fans to bring up on the stage. He came over to where we were standing and he pointed at the guy next to me. Then, I see my friends’ arms waving FRANTICALLY at me and all of a sudden Deryck is in front of me and pointing, yelling “Get that girl up here!”, followed by security literally HAULING me over the barricade.

At this point I’m shaking like a leaf walking up to the side of the stage. I’ve never crowd surfed or even gotten a set list before, so this was new territory for me. We’re led up to the side of the stage where Cone is, and he came over and gave us all high-fives and guitar picks. We got to party up on stage with the band for a few songs and it was the craziest thing that has ever happened to me????

These photos were taken with a literal potato.

Now, these photos come nowhere close to doing it justice, but if you’ve been to any major arena then you know how many people can fit in there for a show. Now imagine all those people staring down at you while you’re dancing like an idiot to “In Too Deep”.

Ah, look how excited my little college freshman self was.

As if this wasn’t crazy enough, a few days later when the tour stopped in Kingston, Ontario, Deryck actually pulled my sister on stage like?? How does that even happen?! (We like to think it’s because my sister and I are from Napanee and he sensed the ~Avril pride~ in us, but hey, who knows?)


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