Blink-182 wows audience with musical hits both old and new
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 22:09
The biggest show on Blink-182’s tour this year was in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sept. 8.
The line-up for the night was unique on the tour. Accompanying Blink-182 were Four Year Strong, Taking Back Sunday and the New Beat Fund.
No other concert on the tour has or will have this line-up, so Connecticut residents as well as those from neighboring states knew they were in for a special show.
Dan Zold of Stratford said he was “excited to see so many big name acts together, and the best part was he got to see one of the musicians [Dan O’Connor of Four Year Strong] roaming out in the casino.”
The New Beat Fund, a ska/Rock band, was the first to go on, and least well-received. Having a ska band open up for one of the most popular punk-rock bands in the world was not a great move.
Zold described the opening band as “terrible and unnecessary.”
However, The New Beat Fund is the only band on the night who is a regular act on the rest of the tour.
They did some pretty cool things, too. They spliced up “Nothin’ But a G Thang” by Dr. Dre and “Caress Me Down” by Sublime. But the crowd did not really go for it.
Next on stage was Four Year Strong, a hard-rock band that would display the most energy for the night. Though most people were there to see Blink, Four Year Strong fans were easy to pick out, creating a push-pit within seconds of the first chord.
Talk about warming up the crowd. Four Year Strong probably used up most of the crowd’s energy two acts before the big one.
The Four Year Strong set was a little disappointing,” said Natalie Dademo of Greenwich. “It wasn’t long enough and they didn’t play songs I wanted them to.”
Taking Back Sunday would not let the crowd rest either. They know what the fans want to hear: their classics. They played only one song from their latest album, the rest were from “Louder Now” and earlier.
Younger than Blink-182, but still veterans to the stage, Taking Back Sunday are not the young men they used to be. Now they are professionals. They know what they need to do to put on a great show by having great stage presence.
Frontman Adam Lazzara has undoubtedly gained a little weight from his “emo kid” days, but he still knows how to work a mic and get the crowd excited.
After an exhausting two sets, the lights dimmed and the crowd mustered up some adrenaline for the coming set.
Opening with “Feeling This,” Blink-182 exploded onto the stage with energy, and the crowd crammed up against the gate in the front.
Unlike Taking Back Sunday, Blink-182 played a lot of their more recent releases, including “Disaster” and “Dogs Eating Dogs” from the “Dogs Eating Dogs EP” released in late 2012. They also played “Ghosts on the Dance Floor,” “Wishing Well,” “After Midnight” and “Up All Night” from “Neighborhoods.”
They did not forget the classics though. Amongst the newer material they played, “Dumpweed,” “The Rock Show” and “First Date” all generated the best responses from the crowd.
“I was most excited for Blink, especially songs like ‘Josie,’” Dademo said. “But I was let down when I couldn’t get close to the stage because I’m so short and you just can’t breathe up there.”
The guys did a good job of keeping things fresh, jamming on the end of “I Miss You,” allowing drummer Travis Barker to really flourish and show off. He also took multiple drums solos of varying length during song breaks, the crowd did not mind.
What the show lacked was good old-fashioned Blink-182 banter. There were some quick “mom-jokes” and masturbation jokes, but not enough to live up to their reputations, which in fairness they have grown out of.
Well sort of. When the band came back out for their inevitable encore, they played “Carousel,” and one of their oldest songs, “Dammit,” which is considered to be their first big hit, and “Family Reunion,” which only consists of 11 lyrics.
“Family Reunion” was a great treat for the crowd, and after “Dammit,” bassist Mark Hoppus announced the final chord in C major, struck it and the band took their leave.
The crowd exhausted and hoarse in the throat, filed toward the exit, ears ringing and discussing their favorite parts of the night.