Blink-182 Play Epic Set at Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 12th, 2013
Blink-182 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – September 11, 2013
When it was announced not even a month ago that Blink-182 would be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg, it immediately became clear that the show would become one of the hottest tickets in the remaining calendar year. Here’s a band that for all intents and purposes has been playing for 20 years, influencing endless amounts of pop-punk bands (on both the very successful and never-made-it-out-of-the-garage levels), and had carved out an enormous place in pop culture with their catchy, often breathlessly speedy sound and unforgettable music videos.
So it was no surprise when the show sold out practically before it even went on sale, leaving many superfans (and plenty others) with only a matter of weeks to decide exactly how much of their life savings they were willing to part with to try to nab a ticket on the resale market. Those who did (and the lucky ones who got a ticket in the first place) were rewarded with one hell of a treat last night. With the audience hanging over the mezzanine at times and doing plenty of crowd surfing, the band put on an epic hour-and-a-half set that covered just about everything someone could want to hear, from their biggest hits—like “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?”—to the best tracks from their newer albums—like “Up All Night” and “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Sure, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker may have lost a little bit of that foolish and endless energy they used to perform with more than a decade ago (OK, maybe Barker hasn’t, because he’s still the same outlandishly good drummer, worth the price of admission alone), but the trio still had plenty of fun during and between songs. But after all of that, it was the few tracks from their first two albums, Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch, that were surprisingly met with tons of familiarity in the sweaty, manic crowd, leaving one to believe that the place was packed with the right mix of big fans for a special show like this. —Sean O’Kane