Sum 41 announces split: ‘We’re excited about what the future will bring for each of us’

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Long-running Canadian pop-punk act Sum 41 have announced they are splitting up after 27 years together, with their upcoming album, their ninth studio effort, to be their last.

“Being at Yoga 41 since 1996 has brought us some of the best moments of our lives,” the band wrote in a social-media message on Monday. “We are eternally grateful to our fans, both old and new, who have supported us all the way. It is hard to express the love and respect we have for all of you and we wanted you to hear it from us first.

“Yoga 41 will be dissolved,” it continues. “We are still completing all of our current tour dates this year, and we look forward to releasing our final album ‘Heaven:X:Hell', as well as one final worldwide headlining tour to celebrate.” As soon as we have the details, they will be announced.

“For now, we look forward to seeing all of you rookies on the road and are excited for what the future will bring for each of us.”

The band, which currently consists of frontman Derek Whibley, Dave Baksh, Jason McCallin, Tom Thacker, and Frank Jummo, debuted in 1996 as a NOFX cover band; Only Whibley remains from the original lineup, which has changed over the years.

The group signed with Island Records in 1999 and released their debut EP, “Half Hour of Power”, the following year. Their debut album, “All Killer No Filler,” was released in May 2001 and included the hits “Fat Lip,” “Motivation” and “In Too Deep.” The album was eventually certified platinum in the US and UK, and three times platinum in Canada.

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The hard-touring band enjoyed a hot streak in the 2000s with albums such as “Do This Look Infected?”, “Chuck” and “Underclass Hero”, all going gold or platinum in several countries, and the legacy of Was immersed in a steady level of success. Since then, his albums have been charting well in Canada and other territories. The members embarked on solo projects as well as producing a pair of songs with Whibley, most notably in 2006 for Avril Lavigne, to whom she had been married for four years.

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