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BLINK 182, Liverpool Echo Arena 12 July 2012
it was not a packed house tonight at Liverpool's Echo Arena i was
wondering whether a bunch of 40 year olds would be able to recreate the
magic they once had.
just what they did, the band played a 25 song set opening with 'Feeling
This Before' then dive bombing into 'Up All Night' from their last album
musicianship was arguably better than it ever has been even though there
was the odd backing track used only for keyboards, the band played their
heart out and the fans in the arena went ape: some were not even born
when Blink 182 were at their peak.
were treated to all the favourites including 'Take Off Your Pants',
'Jacket', as well as three songs from 'Enema of the State'.
Then it was
time for a drum solo by Travis Barker. I must confess to not being
a big fan of drum solos but Travis made it short, sweet and yet
At one point
in the show Hoppus addresed the crowd and said "Someone'
s smoking pot",
which started the crowd cheering, though the biggest cheers of the night
came when the band played one of their biggest hits 'What'
s My Age
Again?', then into 'Ghost On The Dance Floor' and the classic 'All The Small
Things' and 'Josie' brought their set to a close.
As well as
the band's die-hard fans Blink 182 have now found a new younger audience
who are eager to hear all the old classics as well as the new and going
by tonight's response the band still have a few years left to run yet.
photos by Steve Goudie
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