Review: Blink-182’s “California Summer” Tour

Blink 182 brought the pyro, confetti, and nostalgia to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Sunday night (August 21), and boy was it a good time! The band opened their set with “Feeling This” and powered through most of their hits such as: “What’s My Age Again?” “The Rock Show”, and “First Date” during their approximately 90 minute set. It wasn’t until nine songs in that they launched into their new single “Bored To Death” from their latest album, ‘California’. In fact, they only played about six songs off the new album, which was a bit surprising. Nevertheless fans enjoyed Blink’s performance and were singing along all night.

DSCN6524This being my first time attending a Blink 182 concert I was hoping to see Travis Barker’s famous drum solo where he gets spun around in the air on the platform he’s strapped into, but alas that didn’t happen this time around. The band’s stage set-up was basic but efficient. There were lots of bright lights, fireworks, and shooting flames and at the end during “Dammit,” the confetti cannons went off. New member Matt Skiba did a great job filling Tom DeLonge’s shoes and Mark Hoppus cracked jokes about the ‘2003 emo bangs’ while introducing their song “Stay Together for the Kids”.

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All Time Low opened the show with an energetic nine-song set that included guitarist Jack Barakat running through the audience in the pavilion. A Day To Remember followed with their slick stage production and t-shirt cannon, keeping the audience entertained and ready for headliner, Blink-182.

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Photography by: Natalie Popovich

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