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Blink 182, LG Arena, Birmingham 16/06/12

Written by Luke Deakin. Posted in Carousel, Live

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Published on June 17, 2012

Blink 182 at the LG. Postponed for almost over a year, this gig had become one of the most anticipated shows of 2012. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you at least one person they knew who was going, and at least three others who wished they had a ticket.
The year long postponement meant there had to be a full change of support. Out went Four Year Strong and You Me at Six; in came Twin Atlantic and All American Rejects. Initially, I was more than happy with this change, that is until All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter opened his mouth. What an absolute prick. Insulting the crowd, insulting the city, slurring and mumbling lyrics and at one point even lying down for an entire song, the guy just had no respect. The rest of the band did the best they could, but with Tyson seemingly doing everything in his power to make sure they never play Birmingham again, their best just wasn’t enough. I was really looking forward to seen AAR, but after this debacle, even seeing them on the supporting bill will make me think twice about going to a gig.
All this did however, was make Blink all the more awesome. Kicking off with ‘Feeling This’, Blink looked like they hadn’t missed a step; Tom had even wound back his whine to pre-Angels and Airwaves proportions, which was nice.

Photograph by Carl Bennett
The set-list was incredible. The expected saturation of tracks off ‘Neighborhoods‘ never came. Singles ‘Up all Night’ and ‘Ghost on the Dancefloor’ made an appearance as did a couple of others, but this was, for all intents and purposes, a Greatest Hits set. Teen anthem after teen anthem hit the crowd, and whilst ‘Rock Show’ ‘What’s My Age Again?’ and ‘All the Small Things’ catered for the all encompassing music fan, the Blink connoisseurs amongst the crowd were sent into raptures when the likes of ‘When You Fucked Grandpa’, ‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’ and an acoustic ‘Reckless Abandon’ reared their magnificent heads.
Finishing on ‘Dammit’ and ‘Family Reunion’, Blink left the LG crowd demanding more, but not getting it. In the end they had to make do with singing obscenities all the way home on the London-Midland line and agreeing wholeheartedly that Blink were definitely worth the wait.

About Luke Deakin

Music is awesome. Well, some isn’t, but most is. I personally approve of Foo Fighters, Weezer, Sum 41, The Cure, Metallica, The Sex Pistols, Muse, NOFX and White Denim amongst many others

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