UK (Birmingham), June 7, 2012
Kill City Kev, on june 13, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: So, a year later than it should have, the Blink-182 arena tour finally hit the UK. Was it worth the wait? Definitely! Blink's simple, stripped-down, pop-punk was made for playing live and as the band's fan-base has steadily grown since they started out 20 years ago, they were more than at home at a venue as big as Birmingham's NIA. // 8
Perfomance: During their set, old favourites such as "What's My Age Again?" and "Dumpweed" were blasted-out alongside several songs from the more recent "Neighbourhoods" album. "All The Small Things" sounded much rockier and better than it ever did on record and "I Miss You", with the entire NIA on backing vocals, stood out as another highlight of the evening.
The Encore began with Travis playing along to a pre-recorded backing track, which if I'm being honest, managed to bore as many people as it entertained. But when the self-indulgence was done, Mark and Tom came back out to tear through "Carousel" and "Dammit" and the night ended on a high. // 9
Overall Impression: Blink-182 live at Birmingham NIA 7th June 2012. The evening had gotten off to a poor start, not least of all because of the lovely British rain, but the first support act, Four Year Strong, did little to brighten things up! The audience's response to them gradually got quieter throughout their set and this could only be partly attributed to the poor sound quality. When they announced their last song, "Wasting Time", it received the largest cheer, but if that was because it's their best known song or the last one before they left the stage remains undecided!
All-American Rejects were the main support act and their radio-friendly hits were much better suited to such a large venue. However, the audience were only there to see 3 people and they certainly didn't leave disappointed. After having such a long career it's inevitable that certain songs you wanted to hear would be left out but I still found myself wishing that they'd found room for "Adam's Song" in the set list.
The gig ended with the audience being showered with confetti as Blink waved goodbye and set off on the rest of their European tour. As I headed back out into the drizzle I couldn't help hoping that it would be possible to catch them again at one of their other UK dates. // 9