It’s been 15 years since they released their breakthrough multi-million selling album, Enema of the State.
But reformed US pop-punk band Blink-182 proved they still have the energy of twenty-somethings as they took to the stage for their Reading and Leeds warm-up gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton.
Tom DeLonge, 38, Mark Hoppus, 42, and Travis Barker, 38, played a combination of fan favourites including ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘The Rock Show’ as well as tracks from the band’s 2011 comeback album, Neighborhoods – just nothing brand spanking new.
But it was the older tracks that got us moshing away – and wishing we were still emo teenagers typing away on Myspace while wishing Tom would make us his true love.
Obviously we are over that now. Obviously.
1. What’s My Age Again?
It’s the song about blokes in their twenties that still act like children – except now they’re in their forties and they STILL act like children. To be honest though we agree – who wants to act their age, really?
2. All The Small Things
The trio absolutely roared through this track (originally a love song about Tom’s girlfriend, Jennifer) and the crowd was all a frenzy with people screaming ‘say it ain’t so, I will not go…’ into each other’s ears. Including us.
3. I Miss You
The boys got all emotional, showing off their softer sides on the couple’s anthem that we’re not ashamed to say we know every word to. It just goes to show that teenage boys that sing about poo and farts (glamorous) can grow up to have feelings too!
We’re going to let you into a little secret – we once had the lyrics to this song as our Messenger status. Cool, right? Except now we’re singing the lyrics ‘pick me up now, I need you so bad’ at the actual gig rather than into our heart-strewn notepad, accompanied by scribbles of the boys’ initials.
5. The Rock Show
Yeah so we wished Tom, Mark and (a half-naked Travis) were singing this to us – which is why we practically screamed it back to them.
6. Feeling This
It’s the ultimate feel-good anthem so it’s no wonder the boys decided to open the show with this CHOON. It certainly set the pace for the evening (fast-paced and considerably sweaty).
It was the ultimate break-up song of the emo era and quite frankly there hasn’t been a decent, angst-y break-up song since.
8. Stay Together for the Kids
Another slower number from the guys (reportedly about Tom’s parent’s divorce when he was 18), the song marked a more mature sound from the gig – but it was still enough to get people throwing their arms up in the air.
family Reunion’. But the best bit had to be when the word ‘F**K’ went up in flames behind them.And just when we thought we’d witnessed it all, Tom, Mark and Travis came back on-stage for a three-song encore, including the songs Violence’, ‘Dammit’ and ‘
They might be getting on a bit with bands including One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer hot on their heels – but Blink-182 will always have a special place in our hearts for helping us to navigate being a emo teenager in the ‘00s.
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