Sadly due to a recurring back injury frontman Deryck Whibley has been suffering from, Sum 41 have had to pull out of the imminent 2012 Kerrang! Tour sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink.

“I feel really terrible about letting down the fans,” says Deryck. “I injured my back about eight months ago and the doctors are saying that I could be in a wheelchair. So, as much as I wanted to be able to do it, I’ve got to look at reality, and for the first time I’ve got to listen to somebody else and not just myself. We’re all really upset about this; we’ve had such a great relationship with our UK fans. We were really looking forward to thistour.”

But of course, the show(s) must go on, and this morning Kerrang! announced that The Blackout were set to replace them on the tour with the rest of the previously announced bands New Found Glory, letlive and While She Sleeps.

“We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute!” says The Blackout’s co-vocalist Sean Smith. “We’ve played the tour once before [in 2010] and we know what a total laugh it is. But hopefully Sum 41 fans won’t try and murder us! This should be a really, really great tour and we’re all really excited to watch the other bands every night.”

Tickets are still on sale for the tour via all the usual outlets, the full listing of which can be found here.

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