Reunited Blink-182 pick up where they left off

A review of Blink-182, Fall Out Boy at the Comcast Center on August 6, 2009

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Returning to the road after a four-year hiatus, Blink 182 hit the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Thursday and proved they still know how to deliver a great live performance.

Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have always been a no-holds-bar trio who are not afraid to run streaking down the sidewalk of a busy street or talk inappropriately about just about anything. Thursday night at the Comcast Center was no different, as the band had the entire crowd screaming non stop even before they hit the stage. Opening with “Dumpweed” the band rocked out in front of a large backdrop that looked like a Rock Band drum kit with 6 circular video screens displaying lyrics, pictures and animation.

While the crowd remembered the words to almost every song, it was not the same for the band, particulary for DeLonge. He spent a good portion of the evening apologizing to the crowd for his frequent guitar work mistakes and forgetting the lyrics to numerous songs. “Everything that went wrong with that song was me. … I’m so fucking embarrassed” DeLonge stated after “Going Away To College”. However, it had no effect on the crowd, who watched joyfully and laughed constantly at DeLonge wwhile he was making faces behind Hoppus, occasionally shaking his derrière at the crowd, and making fart noises into the microphone.

The crowd roared as the boys jumped into “What’s My Age Again”& proving that even in their 30s they are still kids at heart and it is still ok to yell out “suck my balls” as Hoppus did in between songs. It was hard to miss two audience members rocking banana suits and the band dedicated a song to them and stating “I want to strip the bananas from their naked bodies” – an awkward statement indeed, but not surprising.

Though this summer outing is being called their reunion tour, Blink-182 are not just going their respective ways after their tour, they announced that they are also working on a new album. No new songs made it into their 90-minute set but the band did showcase material from all of their albums beginning with their 1994 debut album, Cheshire Cat. The crowd had plenty sing along to with hits such as “I Miss You”, “Stay Together for the Kids”, “First Date”, “All The Small Things” and “Adam’s Song”.

The band ended their main set with “Anthem Part Two” and the curtain came down with deafening screams and rumbling of the seats as Barker reappeared for a drum solo. It was hands down one of the coolest live drum solos as Barker and his kit were suspended in the air, rotating in a circle at a 90 degree angle. It wasn’t a Tommy Lee cage roll, but the thousands of jaws on the floor made it quite obvious that you don’t see something like that every day. Barker is one of the most energetic, sweaty, shirtless drummers out there ( or you could say the polar opposite of Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones)

DeLonge and Hoppus joined Barker to end the night with “Carousel” and “Dammit”. The Comcast Center was in true party mode, chock full of crowd surfing and dancing on seats, keeping the security team on their toes at all times – just the way the band would have wanted it.

Blink-182 made a wide descrion in selecting three solid opening acts: Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Dosco, Cambridge’s own Chester French.

Fall Out Boy kicked off their set with “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, whihc quickly ignited some crowd surfing. The band was backed by a set of large light up F O B letters that were nearly the height of bassist Pete Wentz. Guitarists Patrick Stump and Joe Trohman were far from stationary during their performance and drummer Andy Hurley rocked out on the drums, shirtless and covered in tattoos looking like a Travis Barker impersonator with long hair. Wentz was the most talkative and spent most of his in between songs with mindless stage bantar, like when he told one audience member “you got nice man boobs”. During “I Don’t Care” the lights on stage were shut off revealing three light up guitars that Wentz, Stump and Trohman used. They even covered “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey bringing Panic at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie out to sing. The band ended their solid set with fan favorites “Dance, Dance” and “Saturday”.

Panic at the Disco, who recently underwent some personal changes, made their new-look debut for Boston fans. Gone are guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walke and in their place are for at least this summer are Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes. The band came out guns blazing, getting the crowd pumped and dancing to “Nine In The Afternoon” off 2008s Pretty. Odd. and their biggest hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” off A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, released in 2005.

Those that were able to beat the traffic were treated to an early set from hometown kids Chester French, who are riding a wave of buzz thanks to hit singles “She Loves Everybody” and “C’mon (Own My Own)”.

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