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Blink 182

Blink-182 review

~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather

 

Pop-punk band Blink-182 are currently on tour following the release of their seventh studio album, California.  Last Sunday, they swung by Metro Radio Arena and were greeted with a near sell-out crowd.  Band members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker were joined on stage by former Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba – who replaced original band member, Tom DeLonge, last year.

Supported by Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, a startlingly energized five-piece considering this is a band relentlessly on tour, bounding about the stage performing a barrage of hits including Recovery, Glorious You, and The Next Storm as the arena started to fill up.

Frank Turner took a moment to put his over-the-top showman personality to one side so he could raise awareness for the Safe Gigs For Women. Founded last year, the movement works alongside venues to ensure reports of sexual harassment at gigs are taken seriously. He told the attentive crowd, “The fact that someone would disrespect someone else at a punk gig should never happen – this is our community and we should all look out for each other.” The set ended with Turner jumping into the crowd and attempting to hit the last notes of his set as he surfed the crowd.

At 9pm, the lights went down, leaving only a giant Blink-182 flag visible on the stage, before the headlining trio opened the show with their hit song Feeling This from their 2003 self-titled album. They followed up with The Rock Show, Cynical, Anthem Part Two and What’s my Age Again? as Hoppus and Skiba shared the vocal lead.

Stand out hits were Happy Holidays (when the entire crowd were asked to put the light on their phones as the song was played in the dark), I Miss You (because, of course), and Dammit, which ended with Barker’s son, Landon, taking to the drums on stage for the coolest/cutest encore.

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Overall, Skiba has found his feet in the band despite initial criticism following the departure of DeLonge, Hoppus is a natural when it comes to hyping up a crowd – whether it be old school fans or newbies, he can deliver whatever energy each different city is most responsive to – but, Barker will always be the main event of the band; he is one of the few touring drummers that can command an elevated area of the stage and his own solo section.

Blink 182 is a nostalgic trip back to your teenage years, which also doubles up as a reminder that even grown adults can be immature, dumbass and populist punk enough to still have a good time.

 

SET LIST:

Feeling This

The Rock Show

Cynical

Anthem Part Two

What’s My Age Again?

First Date

Bored To Death

Built This Pool

Down

I Miss You

Dumpweed

Reckless Abandon

She’s Out of Her Mind

Kings of the Weekend

Violence

Sober

Happy Holidays

Dysentery Gary

Los Angeles

 

(Encore)

All The Small Things

Dammit

 

 

~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather

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