Blink 182 (4 stars)

SECC, Glasgow, Tue 17 Aug 2010


This article is from 2010.

Blink 182

Tonight is the biggest family reunion Glasgow – nay, Scotland – has seen in years. The SECC is a jamboree of pop-punk fans, new and old, slanted baseball caps and alternative footwear as Blink-182 return from a five year ‘indefinite hiatus’, the crowd positively foaming at mouths to see their idols.

Support act and muchly-tipped Scots Twin Atlantic bear the brunt much of this exuberance however, and despite receiving a decent reception on what could have been a tough night, there is one thorny dissenter on the receiving end of a verbal dressing-down from self-confessed Blink-182 fan and TA frontman Sam McTrusty.

It is an ‘ooh…ahh’ moment of tension, but a fleeting moment that is instantly shot into smithereens when Blink-182 appear from behind the-biggest-black-curtain-in-the-world with ‘Dumpweed’, the opening cut from their seminal, teenage-bible Enema Of The State. It’s all about the hits tonight, with tracks like ‘First Date’, ‘The Rock Show’ and ‘All The Small Things eliciting Tigger-on-drugs style bouncing, from crowd – and band.

For all malign about this band’s lack of musicianship, drummer Travis Barker is a dynamic force throughout, returning after a wearingly long encore wait with a groove-based drum solo – and his 360 degrees rotating drum riser snake charms mobile phones out of pockets and into the air; a sure-fire YouTube hit in the morning.

The decision of how to close the night is an easy choice. ‘Dammit’, their age-old, high jinx punk-popper, sends home the thousands with heads bobbing in deliriousness. The track ends with the repeated refrain of ‘Well I guess this is growing up’ – and five years since their last outing for these three men - despite growing lines on their foreheads and watching their hairlines recede – growing up has never quite been so fun.

This article is from 2010.


American pop punk masters who, despite the juvenile approach, have become elder statesmen of the scene, helping many a now grown-up musician through the teenage years.

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Wed 12 Jul 2017

£39.50 / 0844 477 9000

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