The last time I saw Blink 182 I was 16 years old. Now I was 18 and about to experience blink 182 with Matt Skiba in place of Tom DeLonge. The future’s a crazy thing.
Being 18 and therefore, an adult in my country, I had to stop off and get ice cream for dinner beforehand.
After struggling out of my food coma we headed to Kingston’s Rose Theatre which turns out has a rather fancy, flowery bridge which is home to SWANS if you are far down enough in the queue. I’d only seen Blink in Brixton before, this was an undeniably fancier setting.
Carrying on traditions though,
Blink show 2014
Blink show 2016
Matt and Mark [Hoppus] didn’t disappoint, opening the night’s show with a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of ‘Family Reunion‘.
An original piece was even performed on the spot, dedicated to how we smelt better than the 7 o’clock crowd.
We also got to hear about 14 seconds of Wendy Clear after requests were heckled. In return for them not playing the full thing live tonight, bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus promised it’d be a part of the band’s next UK tour setlist so, we all know who to go to if THAT promise isn’t fulfilled…
Tonight was the first time I was seeing the ‘new’ blink 182, with Matt Skiba. I had never really listened to that much Alkaline Trio so I really did not know what to expect from him. With the crowd tonight relentlessly chanting ‘Ski-ba! Ski-ba! Ski-ba!’ I thought he had to be somewhat decent. After hearing the full set, I can say that Mark and Matt harmonise unbelievably well together in a live environment and Matt is worthy of his newfound position. He was blink-182 funny, but, in his own way and not attempting to be anybody else.
Back in our part of London, we made sure to do some very American activities in honour of the USA blink 182 flag by getting some late-night croissants, as you do.
I’d just like to thank Banquet Records for putting on this event, another good memory in the books.
peace and love