Californian collective and long serving band Blink-182 sadly brought their UK leg of their 2017 tour to a conundrum last week with a string of shows spanning over the course of 2 weeks. Touring arena venues throughout location’s within England including the First Direct Arena Leeds, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, and the o2 Arena London in aid of their Summer 16 release, album California. Whilst bassist Mark Hoppus is exploring the wonders of the United Kingdon but drummer Travis Barker is momentarily taking to the sea in order to get back to the US by boat, in the meantime, relish in reading this Blink-182 concert experience and review.
Blink-182 o2 Arena London Setlist
- Feeling This
- Rock Show
- Anthem Part 2
- What’s My Age Again?
- First date
- Bored to Death
- Built This Pool
- I Miss You
- Reckless Abandon
- She’s Out of Her Mind
- Man Overboard
- Family Reunion
- Dysentery Gary
- Los Angeles
- All the Small Things
- Brohemian Rhapsody
Fantastical, Fiery and fierce, Blink’s production of their stage visuals was a rainbow of colour, brightness and boldness of artful graphics including the two characters featured on the artwork for California making a cameo during song number three Cynical which accordingly corresponds with album California. Even though it’s the lyrical content that is the main storyteller throughout music, an extra voice was supplementary in Matt, Mark and Travis’ backdrop with graphics of characters and cartoon strip’s for example in song Dysentery Gary. A way to project what the words in songs cannot tell optically, the band’s creativity was infallible.
In true sportsmanship of Britains passion for football, Hoppus brought an undignified amount of humour to the Greenwich located Arena which proved to divide the opinions of the audience in which Mark divulged in his admiration for London football club Chelsea and after this daring statement was made the sassiest moment in Blink-182 history happened. A band that can bring honesty and friendly wit to their talk between song swaps shows such integrity outside of their musical abilities and further expresses their individual personalities as well as demonstrating that especially Mark Hoppus being the main spokesman can adapt to connect with the audience applicable with the city they are in which is very noble and knowledgeable.
With the setlist of the night delivering nostalgic, anthemic and classic sentiments courtesy of tracks such as What’s My Age Again, Los Angeles and I Miss You the equality of varied Blink-182 era’s was balanced beginning from the bands 1997 album Dude Ranch continuing to the recent release California, there was at least a helping of songs for any long time or new Blink fan to sing proudly along to.
With Barker on the drums, Hoppus on the bass and vocals, Skiba on the vocals as well as guitar the ensembles musical capabilities not including the one minor incident in which Mark Hoppus played b instead of an a note which he proceeded to correct saying “London deserves better” and that you “Should get your money worth”. However, without Hoppus now making that mistake public knowledge in the arena, all three of them are insane vocalists and instrumentalists even down to Travis Barker’s song Landon who made an appearance on the drum kit at the penultimate end of the show which he proved that the statement like father like son is indefinitely true.
The commardery, genuineness and energy that trio of legends brings to a live show are characteristics certainly as impressive as their display of pyro techniques. Accompanied by a memorable setlist, Blink are such identifiable artists through their accomplished talents, sound direction and production, Blink-182’s brought the rock show to a polished and professional platform. Thank god for punk-rock bands.
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