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blink-182 Reunites at Aaron’s Amphitheatre

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Missing from the scene for nearly five years, popular pop punkers blink-182 played to over 14,000 fans Wednesday night at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood along with Asher Roth and Valencia. The show was rescheduled from a few weeks ago due to the death of DJ AM and his friendship with blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The two were the only survivors of a plane crash last September. This was the last show of the 2009 concert season at Aaron’s.

(From Wiki): Blink-182 (often stylized as blink-182) is an American rock band from Poway, California that predominantly plays pop punk music. The band was formed in 1992 as “Blink” with members Tom DeLonge (vocals, guitar), Mark Hoppus (vocals, bass) and Scott Raynor (drums). In 1998, midway through a U.S. tour, drummer Travis Barker replaced Raynor. DeLonge left the group in early 2005, initiating an indefinite hiatus. DeLonge went on to form Angels & Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker continued playing music together in +44. On February 8, 2009, Blink-182 announced that they are continuing as a band, with the brief statement posted on their website saying “To put it simply, We’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album.” DeLonge cites punk rock bands Descendents and Screeching Weasel as influences, although the band’s songwriting and production are driven by a pop sensibility. 

On August 21, 2008, Jerry Finn (Blink 182’s producer) died of a cerebral hemorrhage.  This would later be one of the catalysts for all the members of Blink 182 communicating again in September 2008, which would be the first time Tom would communicate with his bandmates in 3.5 years. The band is also working on a documentary movie, currently titled “The Blinkumentary”, about their recent reformation and reunion tour. On August 26, 2009, an official trailer for the documentary was posted on the production company’s official Youtube page.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BLINK MEMBER? HOW MANY OF THEIR SHOWS HAVE YOU BEEN TO AND HOW DID LAST NIGHT”S CONCERT COMPARE?

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27 comments Add your comment

rawdog

October 8th, 2009
12:04 pm

Asher Roth and sexy Travis were awful serenading each other on the stage. They had a stupid dj spinning mixes on what looked like a beer pong table. Blink was awesome. Barker makes the band; his drum solo suspended in air was a ripoff but nonetheless a showcase of his drum skills.

Dawg Foot

October 8th, 2009
1:09 pm

Check out the Cult at The Tabernacle. They make Blink 182 look like a bunch of queers.

Merlin Berlin

October 8th, 2009
3:19 pm

Great job to those promoting the show to never once, up to and including the day of the show, to NOT mention the fact that Fall Out Boy was not going to be there. All American Rejects dropped out previously and what were we left with, some lame MTV/The Hills poseur band and DJ WTF?!?! Blink was great as usual but I feel a little cheated on my ticket.

maylene

October 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

The Cult?! Really?! I guess I’d rather watch a “bunch of queers” than some has been unenergetic geezers wheeze around on stage.

Josh

October 8th, 2009
3:26 pm

I agree with Merlin on the fact that no one mentioned Fall Out Boy wasn’t playing… Luckily Blink 182 was sick and Valencia got to play a few more songs, but I was kinda disappointed with Asher Roth. Ticketmaster needs to toss back some sort of a discount or gift certificate on those tickets.

maylene

October 8th, 2009
3:29 pm

If you checked online, any website that had Fall Out Boy listed on the tour only had them on there until Oct. 4th at the latest.

Danny M

October 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

Blink was awesome! They put up a better show than I could’ve hoped for. I missed them when they were first around because before they broke up, my parents wouldn’t permit me to go to concerts…much less a Blink concert. I finally saw them, and it was awesome!
Asher Roth sucked, but Blink punk’d him, which was pretty funny. Valencia was okay, but they were nothing to write home about. I was bummed AAR couldn’t be there as well, but I was happy FOB was missing, which I had no idea about.

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Sasha

October 8th, 2009
4:19 pm

oh my—just makes me wanna run out and get 35 tatoos

Joe

October 8th, 2009
4:25 pm

The Airborne Toxic Event show going on at the same time over at the variety playhouse was easily 100x better.

Stephanie

October 8th, 2009
10:00 pm

I thought the show was pretty awesome! Here’s a random question though…before Valencia came on, there was a song playing that had a lot of sythesizer tones…sounded almost 80’s…does anyone know the name of that song? I couldn’t hear the lyrics, but it’s driving me crazy!

Raleigh

October 8th, 2009
11:22 pm

This band brings pure energy wherever they go- and Barker is the sparkplug.

Sira-ha-ha

October 9th, 2009
2:41 am

This concert was my birthday gift from my terrific older sister. I admit that I hadn’t paid Blink-182 much attention since the last CD came out. Mostly, because I didn’t like it and then they broke up. So, I thought my love had dwindled. As the first cords were struck I found myself squealing with the exact same delight that I had in 2003. This show was better than the 2003 show, and that might be for several reasons. 1.) Yay! They are together again. 2.)They weren’t following a spectacular performance by Green Day 3.) They were following a stupid performance by Asher Roth

4.) In 2003 they were on tour with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World.

And in 2003 Green Day and Jimmy Eat World were actually there and not replaced with what could be the worst rap I’ve ever heard and some band I tuned out as I asked the ticket people what the frick happened to Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects. Also, I like to imagine that 2003 someone would’ve done something to show I was valued as a customer should such an atrocity have occurred (1/3 of the slated performances!). Like, discount my ticket. Instead, I had to listen to the inane chatter of Asher Roth for forever. I would’ve rather he just not “performed” and then we would’ve have had time to get something for dinner.

Blink-182 to was great! I’ll totally see them again. The only thing that was missing was the crazy vulgarities. But, I guess we all have to grow up sometime. Although…I hope it’s just a phase.

Gavsmom1999

October 9th, 2009
10:58 am

I guess Boston lucked out because I have not heard one complaint. In my opinion Blink put’s on an incredible show. You also have to consider what it says about a band that is able to break-up, reunite and sell out venue’s in a hot minute with substantial success. Travis does make the show for me, aside from being an incredible drummer he is the sexiest man I have ever seen (fanning myself). Happy that they get to return to their families :) ;)

BLINK IS NOT PUNK

October 9th, 2009
11:16 am

When did punk rock become so safe?

I want conflict I want dissent, I want the scene to represent
Our hatred of authority, our fight against complacency
Stop singing songs about girls and love, you killed the owl you freed the dove
Confrontation and politics replaced with harmonies and shticks
When did punk rock become so tame, these f***ing bands all sound the same
We want our fights we want our thugs, we want our burns we want our drungs
Where is the violent apathy, these f***ing records are rated g

lyric from a NOFX song the seperation of church and skate… check them out they are good.

zach

October 9th, 2009
11:48 am

NOFX is an amazing band that can make any “punk” band seem not so punk but, you can’t really define punk or categorize it, it’s a mentality, a feeling. The second you pigeon-hole what punk is you,ve lost the idea entirely.

BLINK IS NOT PUNK

October 9th, 2009
1:11 pm

I see where you are coming from about defining a type of music and all… but really Blink, I dont think that they are the worst band ever, I would just classify them as fun pop music. I think that when a band like this gets classified as punk it is a slap in the face to the people who started it, continue to do it, and are’nt selling out to the almighty dollar by toning their passion down for mainstream americas money. What Im trying to get across is that main stream anyhthing loses heart and pisses off the people that are backing the original content, artists, or whoever it is. So when I saw that pic on the ajc homepage of the lead singer for blink smiling and looking as cheezed up and fake as can be it pissed me off. That picture is above, and it should be put in the dictionary next to the word toolbag. I dont mean any offense to any blink fans they have the right to listen to crappy music, just as I have the right to make fun of them for it.

Megan

October 9th, 2009
2:37 pm

Dude…im in 2 of those pictures!!! =D awesome.

Ashley M

October 9th, 2009
3:00 pm

This was my first Blink show, and it was absolutely amazing! Honestly was better than expected. I’ve listened to them for so long, so it was awesome seeing them come back and come to ATL to put on an amazing show. Plus it was my 23rd bday so it made it even better! The best part was Travis’s solo. Damn hes beyond sexy!

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chris

October 9th, 2009
10:15 pm

I must agree that my ticket was not worth it’s price after two bands dropped!! But blink by themself was great! The whole gay stripper episode was not humorous, was vulgar, and was not something any child should have witnessed! Bordering on pornographic and criminal!

OMG Blink Eats Pizza!

October 9th, 2009
11:04 pm

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OMG Blink Eats Pizza

October 9th, 2009
11:22 pm

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Holly Jolly

October 9th, 2009
11:37 pm

I know everyone has their opinions, but no matter who played or didn’t play….I got to meet Travis and tell him I stoked I am that he is alive and well! Let’s not forget what is important here. This guy has been through alot! Love him and loved the show! peace :)

aria

October 10th, 2009
9:28 am

blaaastttt…..

182

jenny

October 10th, 2009
4:16 pm

hahahaha all the tom faces in the crowd thats so creepy

Greg

October 15th, 2009
5:51 pm

Wasn’t at this show but I’ve seen Blink twice & they really do put on a great show. They rock & have fun doing it. I have been to an awful lot of shows & blink really does rock especially live!