blink-182 takes on the world one concert at a time
As part of their eagerly awaited global tour, the incredibly gifted and multi-platinum award-winning band blink-182 gave their fans an incredible experience last night as they finished two consecutive sold-out shows at Chicago’s iconic United Center. The band’s outstanding performance was complemented with mind-blowing stage production, featuring the legendary drummer’s breath-taking flying riser, in addition to the outstanding accompaniment from openers Turnstile and Beauty School Dropout.
Fans were excited as many were buying blink-182 merchandise but also wearing tons of blink-182 shirts. There was even a fan with spiky black hair that looked like Matthew Lillard from the movie SLC Punk — truly a throw back of a night.
The nostalgia was palpable.
Beauty School Dropout and Turnstle did their thing by rocking out and engaging with the crowd. They were fantastic openers.
Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker‘s exhilarating two-hour performance was a fan’s dream come true as they perfectly screamed out a setlist filled with classic songs that captivated the crowd. The band provided the audience with a memorable performance including iconic songs like “What’s My Age Again,” “I Miss You,” “Adam’s Song,” and “First Date,” which featured Hoppus’ exhilarating cover of the Ramones’ “Pinhead” intro and DeLonge’s captivating “Blitzkrieg Bop” intro. Finally, they performed their most recent track, “EDGING,” which left fans anticipating the group’s future release.
Besides playing many of the classic songs from their critically acclaimed albums Enema of the State, Take off your Pants and Jacket and Self-Titled, there were a few awesome moments. This included the stage production during “Aliens Exist.” The background screen had an alien ship flying around, while lasers would come from the floor and aim above as if blink-182 was being abducted. Another highlight was Barker and his drum set being lifted in the air and spinning slowly for a few songs. Furthermore, Hoppus took a moment to shout out Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, a Chicago native before playing “Cynical.” Concert goers had been wondering if the trio would include any songs from the “Skiba-era” and were pleasantly surprised to hear Tom’s contributions to both “Cynical” and “Bored to Death”.
The massive world tour, which began in March 2023 and runs through February 2024, is produced by Live Nation and includes dates in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Visit the artist links below for more information and be sure to follow us on Spotify to hear playlists of the setlists we cover!
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