Sum 41

There I Was, In The Congo...

TomSum 41 has dubbed its new Island album "Chuck" in honor of the United Nations representative that facilitated the Canadian rock band's safe evacuation from the Democratic Republic of Congo in May.

Sum 41 was in the volatile African nation filming the documentary "From the Front Lines" for aid agency War Child Canada. Though a cease-fire in the civil war had been declared, the situation rapidly disintegrated and fearing for their lives, band members Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh, Cone and Stevo 32 huddled in a hotel bathroom.

Their savior was Chuck Pelletier, who formulated and executed a plan of action that found the band ducking gunfire en route to an armored vehicle.

"Chuck" is the follow-up to "Does This Look Infected?" That 2002 set debuted at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 613,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It spawned the hit singles "Still Waiting," which reached No. 7 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, "The Hell Song" (No. 13) and "Motivation" (No. 24).

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