Now when I think of Blink 182 I think back to my teenage years just hanging around, listening to music, thinking the whole world was against me and that my future was going to be great.
Well jump at least 10 years ahead and this is will you take you to about the reality of now, the world was not against me then, everything was not as dramatic as I thought and I should have realised the awesome freedom I had before the world of working came along. So seeing Blink 182 brought some nostaglia having seen them years ago at Reading Festival. So it was nice to see Blink 182 again but it is for what it was then, I still like them but it’s not where my tastes are today and so I wouldn’t be bothered to see them again.
So the first support were Twin Atlantic, the couple of friends I was with were excited to see them as they really like them. I thought they were alright, there was nothing particular special that stuck out about them, but they could play and I found myself bopping along so all good.
Next up were the All American Rejects – again I had seen them about 8 years ago when they were smaller and had enjoyed them even if I was surrounded by snogging 16 year olds. Well as the years have gone by they have become a bit more well known but I wouldn’t say they were the biggest band or anything. However their lead singer apparently thinks they are. I was enjoying their set, I knew a couple of songs so sung along and in general they are a band you bop along to in the car. But about half way through their set, their lead singer start insulting those of us in seating. And I don’t mean HAHA insulting, although I was gut laughing because who insults their crowd, gotta be mental. So he starts telling us we’re cheap ass bastards and that he hopes our arse’s are comfy. That being at a rock show is about standing for hours with your feet aching to see the band you want to see. Now I agree, that I would rather be in standing, that’s where I want to be for the atmosphere of the gig, but there are only so many standing tickets and I would rather have a seating ticket than no ticket. Also it can be handy if you are not bothered about the supports. So then having bigged up the people in standing he starts referring to us in seating again, again talking about us resting away, then says, “DO you even know who you came to see”. Well I am still laughing but I am also pissed. Do I know who I came to see, Yes I fucking do and it wasn’t you. Yeah that’s a great way to encourage people to like your band, to insult half of the people who are there and currently watching you! Needless to say, everytime I think about it, it irks me, because I understand that it can be hard with the people in seating sat down, so encourage them to stand up, get involved, not insult them and make our they are not as good to be there or don’t care. Anyway it tainted the rest of their set because all I could think was, What a dick. You can be sure I won’t be bothered with them again. We also think he might have been drunk as he spent the last song laying in the middle of the stage singing.
So then we had who everyone had been waiting for Blink 182 come on and they certainly gave what people wanted. They played old and new songs covering all of their hits, Whats My Age Again, Rock Show, Miss You, All the Small Things. As you can be sure they’re the one’s we were loving. That’s not to say the new song’s weren’t good, they had their beats but I realise this is not where my love is anymore and so I guess that’s why I haven’t bothered checking the new stuff out so much. But I might still do it. The standing crowd were loving it and they knew the words to pretty much every song. A real mixture of ages as well. Blink 182 had good energy, Mark Hoppus was all over the stage, rocking with Travis, moving from one side to other to interact with the crowd. There was of course the usual crass comments inbetween songs which is what they are known for. This was slightly stranger when we could see their kids sitting by the drums and at different sides of the stage.
For what we would consider the encore, Mark and Tom appeared in the middle of the crowd by the sound desk with acoustic guitars and told of how special it was to come back and have old fans and new fans. It was nice and it meant that people near the back got to see them up close.
As they finished up Travis appeared on the main stage to do some amazing drumming to beats and to really show his skills. Being a drummer at heart, I love watching people drum so seeing him play was a pleasure although I wished I was closer to see better. However being sideways to the stage, did allow a different view.
And then of course everyone came back on stage for a final song with confetti and thanks. Overall a fun gig and it was great to see crowdsurfing had made a comeback. I don’t know if it was just a London thing, but all the gigs I go to, especially the large venues, its all no crowdsurfing, there are signs saying don’t do it, you will be kicked out and so you don’t get people crowdsurfing. However they had set up for it at the LG Arena, they had barriers and a walkway to get you back to the crowd and so people were taking advantage of it. And that made me happy.
So my overall opinion, see Blink 182 they are great fun, but don’t give All American Rejects your time of day, because they don’t deserve it!