Live Nation extended the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s season into the middle of September with California-based rockers Blink-182, and that was a good thing for rock fans who may have felt short-changed earlier in the summer when Kings of Leon cancelled their tour (and their anticipated SPAC appearance) in mid-tour.
Headlining the 2011 Honda Civic Tour – yes, the car company – ’90s nuevo-punksters Blink-182 were joined by heavy rockers My Chemical Romance and indie-pop openers Matt and Kim.
Matt and Kim stirred the crowd’s attention with their White Stripes duo-approach while My Chemical Romance’s guitar and drum driven energetic stage antics by carrot-topped lead singer Gerard Way paved the way for Blink-182’s rockin’ power-trio performance.
Playing a healthy mix of their old tunes – “The Rock Show,” “What’s My Age Again,” etc. – and new ones taken from their brand new sixth-album, “Neighborhoods,” – especially “Hearts All Gone” and “Up All Night” – Blink-182 was in excellent form, delighting their long-time fans and wrapping up SPAC’s 2011 rock concert season with a bang, not a whimper.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Suzanna Lourie’s review at The Saratogian
Julia Zave’s photograph at Metroland
Excerpt from Brian McElhiney’s review at The Daily Gazette: “The band [Blink-182] was due to appear at SPAC last summer, but pulled out due to the death of DJ AM. They more than made up for it this night, stacking on the hits early in the night — ‘The Rock Show’ and ‘What’s My Age Again’ blasted forth in quick succession. The band then slowed down for the most powerful songs of the evening, both also hits — ‘Down’ and ‘I Miss You.’ Guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus traded off vocals the whole night, but on these two numbers their interplay really clicked. Drummer Travis Barker is the strongest part of the band’s live show, however. His short, tasteful solos kicked off many of the evening’s songs, including the appropriately rocking ‘Violence.’ His power could be felt, literally, on songs such as ‘First Date’ and the aforementioned ‘Heart’s All Gone.'”