Blink 182 at Ak-Chin Pavilion


img_6159-edit-2Blink-182 is back with a new album, a new tour, and even a new bandmate. However, one thing remains the same; their loyal fan base. Blink-182, consisting of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and newest member Matt Skiba, released their newest album California in July 2016. It’s lead single, Bored To Death, became the band’s first number one single in 12 years. California, produced by John Feldman, has given the band the fresh start it needed after several delays attributed to previous band member, Tom DeLonge.

Blink-182 has had a successful career releasing 7 albums over a 20+ year span. 1999’s Enema of the State introduced us to what would become iconic Blink anthems such as, What’s My Age Again and All The Small Things. The same album also brought us one of their most poignant messages, Adam’s Song, inspired by teen suicide and depression. In 2003 the band released the self-titled album, Blink-182, which debuted a more mature direction and included hits such as Feeling This and I Miss You. In February 2005 the band released a statement announcing that they were taking an indefinite hiatus. Hoppus, DeLonge and Barker each focused on their individual projects and did not speak again until 2008. However, on September 19, 2008, Barker survived a plane crash that killed four people. DeLonge reached out and the three members met up in the hospital and again the next month.  They eventually released Neighborhoods in 2011, but their label was disappointed with album sales. After more friction between the three over the next few years, DeLonge finally exited the band and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio took his spot in 2015.

The audience, ranging from 30-something’s, like myself, to starry-eyed teenagers, didn’t seem to mind the new line-up one bit. The crowd roared as Hoppus, Barker and Skiba took the stage and performed a 20+ song set filled with fire, animation and the solid punk-rock sound we have loved for over two decades.

Review and photos by Robbie Flores

All photos © Robbie Flores 2016

The setlist was:

  • Feeling This
  • What’s My Age Again
  • Family Reunion
  • The Rock Show
  • Cynical
  • First Date
  • Down
  • I Miss You
  • Bored To Death
  • Built This Pool
  • Dumpweed
  • Stay Together For The Kids
  • Reckless Abandon
  • San Diego
  • Man Overboard
  • Violence
  • Kings of the Weekend
  • Happy Holidays, You Bastard
  • Dysentery Gary
  • Los Angeles


  • Carousel
  • All The Small Things
  • Brohemain Rhapsody
  • Dammit



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