Pop-punk veterans Blink 182 with new member Matt Skiba headline sold out DTE Energy Music Theater.
30-August-2016: Pop punk icons Blink 182 celebrated by ringing the hillside of DTE Energy Music Theatre’s lawn with throwback anthems of teen angst. Fans of the “First Date” band re-lived their younger, punkier days with the Blink 182, wondering “What’s my age again?”
For a band with rocky history as of late, Blink fans were not betting on a live show anytime soon given lead singer Tom Delonge’s absence from the band. Tuesday night’s concert felt like a pop punk prayer being answered. Alkaline Trio’s vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba stepped up to the plate to join the bill of Blink 182 for the entirety of its summer tour.
Openers All Time Low provided a nice warm-up for Blink fans. The final fan favorite song of “Dear Maria, Count Me In” included an impressive guitar being thrown from one stage end to the other.
A Day to Remember upped the ante with harder rock, but slowed it down with an acoustic jam of “Have Faith in Me.” Blink-182 took the stage, illuminated with their version of a ring of fire, but rather, fiery block letters of a certain four-letter-word. Hint: a certain F-bomb the band has a love affair with.
The band opened with “Feelin’ This” as they took the stage to a sold-out crowd of screaming fans. They greeted Detroit Rock City and proceeded to knock its socks off with hit after hit including “What’s My Age Again?,” “First Date,” “Miss You,” and new song “Bored to Death” and first single from their 2016 release “California.” Detroit audiences received a special treat with the 1998 Dude Ranch hit “Josie,” requested by A Day to Remember’s Kevin Skaff. Bassist Mark Hoppus noted it’s the first time on this tour they sang the song.
The band’s encore included “Carousel,” “All The Small Things,” and “Damnit” with a sparkling shot of confetti. Drummer Travis Barker’s son even helped the band finish things out on the drums as Skiba carried the guitar riffs. A fan base that knows and appreciates Blink 182’s fun-loving attitude expects plenty of inappropriate jokes and forever a good time with catchy, upbeat tunes. The DTE sold-out show proved that pop punk isn’t dead. For a night, we could sing at the top of our lungs, about all the small things that meant so much.
Our photographer Matteo Donini was on-site to capture the events of the evening.