Mikey Way will play bass with Deryck Whibley at three US shows during July
Whibley was admitted to hospital last year after his liver and kidneys collapsed as a result of years of heavy drinking and alcohol addiction. After being released from hospital, he recently revealed that his band are working on new music.
Now, the singer will play three shows during July under the name Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines.
Way will be playing bass at the gigs, recently posting on Instagram: “My dude, Deryck Whibley, is playing some shows around town and I’m looking forward to joining him for a few songs!”
Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines will play Sum 41 songs at the trio of US dates. See the live schedule in full below.
Santa Ana Constellation Room (June 3)
San Diego Casbah (5)
Los Angeles Lyric Theatre (7)
Whibley recently said he is “dying to get onstage” despite difficulties walking or standing upright for sustained periods of time.
He told Noisey: “I still have trouble with my walking, because being in the hospital for that long, everything just depleted. My muscles, everything. I couldn’t walk for the longest time, and I’m still re-training myself to walk normally. The doctors say it’s been going quickly, but it feels pretty slow to me.
“I am dying to get onstage. I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like I’m ready. That’s the only thing that’s been keeping me going and working hard. Everything in my life is to get back onstage.”
Whibley said he is currently feeling “better than I’ve ever felt” and is in “the best shape of my life.” However, he worries about his ability to stand upright during any shows. He admitted: “I have slight fears. Not really drinking fears, but I hope my balance for my legs is going to be fine. I just don’t want to fall over.”
Describing his plans for new music, he explained the effect hospitalisation has had on his songwriting. He stated: “You can’t go through something like that and not have it in your work but I mean, my life always comes out in my music. It’s finding ways to talk about these things without being direct. Like, I’m writing a song called, ‘Goddamn, I’m Dead Again’, you know.”
Following his hospitalisation last year Whibley revealed that Iggy Pop was helping him recover from an alcohol-related incident that left him in a coma for a week.