Published on October 10th, 2017 | by voxx0
Blink 182′s UK Tour
Blink 182 finally returned to the UK in July to promote their recently released album California. This is also the first album they have released since Tom Delonge left. They kicked off the tour in America with bands The Front Bottoms and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. They then travelled around Europe, stopping off in the UK for five sold out shows before finishing up in Las Vegas.
I was fortunate enough to see them in Nottingham at the 02 arena and it was such a memorable night. The show opened up with The Front Bottoms playing a 30 minute set and even though I am personally not a fan of their music, they sure know how to get the crowd pumped for Frank Turner; they didn’t have LED lights or canons but they did have a bright yellow sofa on stage, which Mark Hoppus came out and sat on, making the crowd scream with excitement.
Frank Turner was up next and whilst the stage was being changed, people left to get a drink which was a good thing for people like me who wanted to get closer to get better photos of Blink. Frank’s set was full of surprises; he made everyone standing sit on the floor, got a fan on stage to play the harmonica and even had balloons fall from the ceiling. Their set was definitely the best choice to play before Blink as even though TFB’s set was thrilling, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls almost stole the concert spotlight from the leading band. Definitely a band I would go to see live again.
Around half past nine Blink finally came on and wow, I was not disappointed. They lit up the stage (literally) with fire, sparklers and so much more. Everyone went crazy as soon as the flag dropped and who would blame them? It’s Blink 182!! They played the classics like ‘What’s My Age Again?’, ‘First date’ and of course ‘I miss you’, but they also played the new ones, including ‘She’s Outta Her Mind’, ‘Bored to Death’ and ‘Los Angeles’. Even though it was weird to hear and see Matt Skiba playing the songs that were made when Tom was still in the band, they definitely nailed it. They ended the show with ‘All The Small Things’ and let the biggest amount of confetti I have ever seen drop from the ceiling.
The highlight of my night was near the end of the show and Travis Barker’s son came out and did a drum solo after his dad. I was so shocked that this tiny boy only about eight or nine could play drums as well as a forty year old. It was something different and the crowd didn’t treat him any different; if anything, they screamed and cheered him on.
Blink 182 certainly outdid my expectations and this is by far my favourite concert I have been too as everyone was so kind and helped you out no matter your age or what you looked like. That’s what makes a concert for me.
- By Devon Hartshorn