I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go and see Blink 182 at The O2 on Friday. I've been a fan of Blink for as long as I can remember, so I was stoked when I managed to get a last minute ticket (thank you Roxy and Mikey). I was pretty happy with the support acts too, although I'm gutted about missing Twin Atlantic who opened their second O2 date.
Four Years Strong opened and they put on a good show, they're a great band who hold a spot on my Ipod however I haven't yet listened to their newer stuff so I couldn't get into it as much.
The All American Rejects were next, another fantastic band, they opened with one of my favourite songs 'Dirty Little Secret', which set my mood for the rest of the night. Their set list had a good mixture of songs with my favourites; Dirty Little Secret, Swing Swing, It Ends Tonight, Move Along and Gives You Hell all being spread out nicely so I didn't lose interest. I love All American Rejects they have great songs however they lacked, stage presence and the vocals were pretty poor when the sound quality in the O2 was incredible. I won't be going to see them live again, they're definitely not as good live as recorded.
The All American Rejects - Beekeeper's Daughter
As soon as All American Rejects set had finished the surge of people trying to get to the front, 'Blink' chanting and general excitement began. Blink 182 opened with 'Feeling This' and the crowd came alive. I can't praise Blink enough, from their stage presence and being vocally and musically on point, to the video projection and interaction with the crowd, they were faultless! They had a great crowd and being towards the front I got swept up in the hot, sweaty, beer soaked pack. I had to tip toe to see throughout their set but I managed to get a pretty decent view most of the time (being only 5ft 1 I've developed a stable tip toeing technique). I was really pleased with their set list a perfect combination of their albums and all my favourite songs, with their famous 'I Wanna Fuck A Dog In The Ass' and 'Blowjob' being thrown into the mix too.
What's My Age Again;
I Miss You;
Heart's All Gone;
After the first 5/6 songs the crowd eased up and I could finally breathe again, It's rare to see a band today that can keep a crowd jumping and interested for 19+ tracks! Travis Barkers drum solo was astonishing, anyone that knows me knows that drums are my favourite instrument, I watched in awe, I can't put into words how good it was, you need to watch it for yourselves;
Video courtesy of @mccharlie91
This is my favourite type of gig to go to, where everyone of all ages comes together to genuinely enjoy the music and the feeling in the room is incredible. Are you going to see Blink 182 on one of their tour dates? Have you seen them already, if so what did you think? If you're debating going I'd recommend it highly I'm going back to see them again at Brixton in July.
(Apologises for all the video qualities, it was impossible to keep the camera still and my Iphone seems to have captured some peoples screaming/singing too)