Atlanta, GA – It was the Tom-Mark-Travis show and everyone in the house had a seat to enjoy the ride. I mean, what really needs to be said when blink-182 shows up to take over the city? The sheer anticipation alone was easily felt from the crowd packed into State Farm Arena, while devoted fans were sure to grab up tour merchandise and more than a few banana costumes and nurse outfits bounced around. It would be a wild night, no doubt filled with all the antics you could imagine and overflowing with fun.
With guitarist Tom DeLonge back in the fray, alongside bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, the reunited band owned the stage with over three decades of catalog to choose from. The 26-song set was combined with the irresistible enthusiasm and amusing banter between the band members, leaving you singing, “Let’s make this last forever and ever.” The show also included pyrotechnics, animated visuals, theatrical smoke, and giant inflatable…well, if you know, you know. The often hilarious and never done nod to adolescence reminded me of a remark made by a long-time fan, “They’re a bunch of idiots and still act 15. My heroes.”
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Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLong of blink 182 performing at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 13, 2023. All Photos © Carrianne Elizabeth
Intro (song played by tape) Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30 (Richard Strauss song)
Anthem Part Two
The Rock Show
Violence (Mark blindfolds Travis)
Up All Night
Happy Holidays, You Bastard (played with the lights off)
Happy Holidays, You Bastard (played even faster with the lights off)
Stay Together for the Kids
Bored to Death
I Miss You
Ghost on the Dance Floor
What’s My Age Again?
First Date (with Ramones’ “Pinhead” intro sung by Mark, and “Blitzkrieg Bop” intro sung by Tom)
All the Small Things
Dammit (with snippet of “No Scrubs” by TLC)
Outro (song played by tape) Hey Ya! (OutKast song)
Show Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023
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