Although I’ve already seen Taking Back Sunday thrice before, I was still bummed that work forced me to miss their set.
Luckily, I got there just in time to see the two headliners.
I had saw Weezer a few years back as openers for the Foo Fighters, and although Dave Grohl was born to entertain, I honestly thought Weezer blew them away.
Their performance on this beautiful August evening was no exception. The band played some Blue-album favorites like “Undone-The Sweater Song,” “Surf Wax America” and “Say it Ain’t So.” They also opened with a cover of “War Pigs” and closed with The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” which was a pleasant surprise.
Although I wanted to hear more from Pinkerton, the band knew how to work the crowd, and Cuomo’s voice was on target as always. (River also came out and did an acoustic cover of “Island in the Sun.”)
Next up was Blink, and although I came to see Weezer, I was psyched that I could finally have a moment with Tom, Travis and Mark…(I don’t want to get into it, but let’s just say I’d gotten a pair of Pop Disaster tickets stolen from me – after I won them from a radio station. Yes, it’s a sensitive subject.)
Anyhow, what’s cool about Blink songs is that the majority of them tend to be on the shorter side. The band played twenty-two tracks, the majority from Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and 2003’s self-titled album.
While I was glad to hear songs like “Stay Together for the Kids” and “Adam’s Song,” I was disappointed to not hear more from Dude Ranch or Cheshire Cat.
The band must have anticipated this audience though, as everyone seemed to go crazy for radio-hits like “What’s My Age Again” and “First Date,” yet didn’t make a peep for songs like “Josie” or “Carousel.”
Saving the best for last, the band began their encore with an unbelievable drum solo by Travis Barker. He jammed suspended in mid-air on a revolving, Wheel of Fortune-type platform that more so resembled a spaceship.
Here, they also did “Carousel,” and then treated fans to Dude Ranch‘s most popular track, “Dammit.”
Besides putting on a great live show, the band constantly interacted with the audience between songs with their usual raunchy wit and banter.
No matter how much has changed among them as individuals, Blink 182 came on-stage as the band they were ten years ago, and that’s pretty sweet.