Blink-182 show different sides at Comcast Center

A review of Blink-182 at the Comcast Center on August 9, 2011

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After a four year “hiatus” and nearly two years of production, Blink-182’s new album Neighborhoods is set to finally see the light of day next month. The band, which made their name years ago with The Warped Tour, stopped off at the Comcast Center for yet another summer tour.

Blink-182 left off with their most mature album to date when they broke up in 2005. Although much of their past material touched on relationships and growing up, their self-titled album was a departure of sorts as the juvenile perspective on those songs shifted to one more adult-like. From the sound of their new material it appears the band is going further in that direction. Their first single, “Up All Night”, with its serious tone and heavy lyrics, was the second song of the night and was followed by their playful, teen love hit “The Rock Show”. This was a contrast that would occur all evening as the band’s most recent material clashed with their greatest hits.

Although the majority of the setlist was of their more earnest material, band co-founders Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge kept the mood light as always with their goofy, absurd, and most often filthy stage banter. Their oddball chats between songs softened the blow of the conflicting material as deeper songs like “Down” and “I Miss You” were delivered in a less serious manner after talk about Tom’s “naked dad” preceded the former and with DeLonge placing a giant pair of whitey tighties on his mic during the latter.

The setlist was really just a reflection of the band members themselves. All three, now in their mid-to-late thirties, have gained the maturity that comes with getting older, while still embracing the goofy, skater punk attitude that defined the band in their early years. Hoppus introduced “What’s My Age Again?” saying, “This song is about me because I’m almost 40 and still act like a jackass every night”. Meanwhile DeLonge, who was relentless with the dirty jokes all night, asked fans to really think about the lyrics to their new love song “After Midnight”. Yet, he’s also the guy who sang “Family Reunion”, a song full of George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words”, while several young children were onstage with him.

Blink-182’s latest material may prove that they don’t have a “Peter Pan Complex”, but there are surely some lingering symptoms.

Opening the show, My Chemical Romance and Manchester Orchestra both benefited from a hard-pouring rain as fans took to the shelter of the Comcast Center instead of tailgaiting outside in the elements. However, it seemed fans would have descended upon the ampitheather for MCR anyway as much of the young audience sang along and mimed frontman Gerard Way’s fistpumps through hits like “The Black Parade” and “Teenagers”. Way’s much discussed Queen influence was apparent as he embraced some Freddie Mercury-style dramatics like singing from his knees as he pounded the stage and stirring fans with his command of the stage.

Setlist

Feeling This
Up All Night
The Rock Show
What’s My Age Again?
Down
I Miss You
Stay Together For the Kids
Dumpweed
Always
After Midnight
First Date
Heart’s All Gone
Man Overboard
Ghost on the Dancefloor
All the Small Things
Blow Job
Josie
Encore
Travis Barker drum solo
Carousel
Dammit
Family Reunion

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