A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine that one of the hottest summer tours would be the Blink-182 arena outing. But a fervent mix of nostalgia and admiration for the recently reunited classic cast prepared a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd on May 19 to revisit old emo sentiments in a show that sent the audience and band back to their blissful days alike.
While Blink-182 never disbanded, pop-punkers changed drastically in 2015 with the departure of lead singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge. Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba stepped comfortably into the vacant role, but the band’s breezy charisma and creative talents took a hit, releasing two soon-to-be-forgotten albums and earning their biggest headlines as “Fyre Festival headline band”. ”
However, at the end of last year, DeLonge announced that he would be reuniting with the band and filling the void of the classic lineup with co-lead singer and bassist Mark Hoppus and renowned drummer Travis Barker. It seems Hoppus’ bout of cancer brought the boys closer, and when he regained his health, they decided to set a new record and embark on a world tour.
Even though the MSG show was a dozen dates before they reunited, there was no cobweb and the trio looked just as they appeared on their last global walk in 2014. The essential elements of their performance are also intact: Barker’s endlessly expressive drumming, DeLonge’s nasal birth and crude guitar stances and Hoppus’ supple foundations and sweet vocals.
And how lucky the band is to have such a great back catalog to pull out of. While Blink has never received due credit for its songwriting, they have dozens of crazy songs that any Millennial who visits Hot Topic will know by heart. Even the marginally deeper cuts from the band’s most famous records raised the crowd, with the opening song “Anthem Part Two” getting the same response as “Reckless Abandon” and singles like “Violence”, “The Rock Show” and “Feeling This”. Their latest track, a predictable but lethal remake of “What’s My Age Again?”, “First Date”, “All the Small Things” and “Damn”, was received with a huge buzz, and even casual fans couldn’t resist. big size charm
Despite an impressive scenery—Fire! Confetti! To smoke! It flashes! A soaring drum kit! “State Enema” themed floating ambulance! – the best fireworks were interaction between group members. They bounced around on stage, feeling and acting like kids again. DeLonge introduced several times by saying how much she loved the songs; Hoppus jumped; and Barker remains one of the most talented and flamboyant drummers around, entertaining himself throughout the set by taking crazy solos and changing rhythms mid-song to keep things lively. Hoppus and DeLonge’s stage jokes sometimes drift into the daring “Your Mother” jokes that served them so well in the 2000s live production “The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)”, but it hurts a little when presented by her. Men in their late ’40s did better when focusing on DeLonge downplaying his guitar skills or saying they’d leave Barker high on his platform forever, or simply showing genuine gratitude for getting back together and bringing people together. Happy.
It was a set that made the band and fans feel ageless, if only for a few hours.