The Sum 41 rocker says his wife — and the band's new album — helped him get sober
It was a jolt to Sum 41 fans and the music world at large when pictures of Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, looking half-dead and confined to a hospital bed, emerged in 2014. The singer candidly outlined his near-death experience and the depths of his alcohol addiction on his website while embarking on a mission of recovery.
Healthy and happily remarried, Whibley — who was married to Avril Lavigne before their 2009 split — opened up to PEOPLE about hitting rock bottom, his journey to sobriety and Sum 41’s new album, 13 Voices, which Whibley and the band will be touring behind through March 2017.
How has the whole process of getting out there and performing changed since your recovery?
You guys were basically kids when you first started playing.
Are you back at 100 percent by this point? You had some problems re-learning guitar initially?