A sold out crowd gathered at the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands last Sunday to see Blink 182, The All American Rejects and A Day to Remember.
The concert goers were electrified with anticipation to see Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus & Matt Skiba play some of the old tracks with the new. Looking out at the crowd you could feel the energy.
Opener DJ Spider started it off by playing a variety of hip hop and break beats and of course, what DJ wouldn’t be worth their weight in vinyl if they couldn’t scratch? Though I originally thought a DJ was an odd pairing for a Punk headliner, who am I to judge? It was actually a good blend to mix things up and quite enjoyable.
Next on stage was The All-American Rejects. They had a good show and the audience seemed to enjoy their songs, singing along nostalgically.
The band played numerous well known tracks before without warning, the lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, made it a point to ridicule a guy in the audience for not paying attention to the performance. Was probably a total buzz kill for the concert goer who paid to come see these bands.
A far cry from the last performance, A Day to Remember killed it with an all out amazing show.
They pulled out all the stops from set design to bouncing beach balls to wrapping the crowd with toilet paper. The crowd had a roaring audible reaction to the ADTR’s set.
Jeremy McKinnon’s Stage presence, along side his other band members was bar none. Their stellar set could be described as high energy with incredible attention to the audience, including a hand held video camera by McKinnon that projected the crowd onto the stage backdrop.
After the ATDR set the black curtain falls and the stage is prepared for Blink-182. Things start off with a bang as pyrotechnics explode.
Behind Travis Barker a flaming “FUCK” was lit and blazing as the show continued.
Staying true to the form of the older albums released after 1999, the fan favorites of the past were the spirit of their performance.
Blink 182’s penchant for fast pace drum tempos with pop-punk melodies caught the ears of not only myself, but many other modern punk enthusiasts who had maybe just discovered them or were still fans like me from decades ago. I really wish they could have had more time to play more songs from Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch, but I understand there is only so many songs a band can play in an hour. All in all this was a fantastic performance by Blink 182 and the rest of the line up.