Posted in music on September 12, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 (via John Packer)
blink-182

When I was 8 years old I first heard "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 and I still credit that as the moment I realized music was important to me. Before that I had known my parents' classic rock records (many of which I fully appreciated years later) and '90s boy band-era pop, but something about those perfect power chords, speedy tempos, and blunt lyrics was different than all of that other stuff, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It led me to the "punk" section of my local CD store, which in turn began my hunt to eventually discover everything I listen to today (in fact, blink-182's cover of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Freak Scene" is the first time I ever heard that song). Forget nostalgia, this is an important, milestone band. And yet, for one reason or another, I never got the chance to see them. Until last night (9/11). At Music Hall of fucking Williamsburg.

Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard conversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw. And of all bands, Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV opened the show. Cole told the crowd that blink-182 was the first song he ever learned on guitar, and Mark Hoppus could be spotted watching the band from the balcony. You might remember that he's openly a fan.

And the actual show was honestly great. Of course somewhere inside of me the preteen me was like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'M SINGING EVERY FUCKING WORD TO 'ALL THE SMALL THINGS' LIKE TWENTY FEET FROM THE GUYS WHO WROTE IT," but it was a good show beyond nostalgic value. Travis was a maniac behind the kit as usual, Mark still runs around stage like he's 23, and Tom doesn't, but he's at least sounding great these days, which wasn't always the case in Blink's post-breakup period. And all the songs were good. Even the Neighborhoods songs were good. If you had walked in that room, knowing nothing of blink-182's fame, polished production, or goofiness, and saw the whole place going nuts with the band ripping through "Josie," you'd swear you just found the greatest new rock band. Until someone told you that song came out over a dozen years before Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids began doing a similar thing.

Proceeds from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show will benefit "burn treatment centers, plus research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases," as will the t-shirt sales of Red Bull Records-signed opener New Beat Fund. Check out pictures of blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre, and if you're in Chicago, catch them at Riot Fest this weekend. The setlist from MHOW below...

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blink-182 at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/11/13 Setlist:
Feeling This
Up All Night
The Rock Show
What's My Age Again?
Dogs Eating Dogs
Down
I Miss You
Wishing Well
Disaster
Dumpweed
Always
Violence
After Midnight
First Date
Heart's All Gone
Man Overboard
Ghost on the Dancefloor
All the Small Things

Encore:
Carousel
Dammit
Family Reunion

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Comments (95)

lucky fuckers

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 12:57 PM

looks fun

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:03 PM

To the writer of this article, I can only hope to god that the band let you at least blow each one of them after the show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:07 PM

same set list at all three area shows. way to mix it up fellas.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:09 PM

Would just like to offer a hearty "FUCK YOU" to all the scalpers who made it impossible for a "normal person" to attend this show for less than $150. May you all burn in hell. I hope you buy a soul with that $100 in profit!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:10 PM

WHY is this on bv? is this some sort of new hummus joke i am not in on ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:12 PM

"Blink-182 is 100% pop punk, no doubt about that, but like I implied above, their influence extends far beyond that. Shirts I saw people wearing at the show included The Smiths, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, and Balance & Composure. Overheard cnversations about other recent NYC shows people saw included Passion Pit and Glassjaw."

Very well put. They're usually the first rock band for many people age 20-25 (much like Green Day did for kids who were 10 in 1994). Show was a lot of fun.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:13 PM

@1:10, 100 in profit? What are you smoking? I sold 2 tickets for 300 each. Way more than 100 in profit

Oh and you can suck a dick, bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:16 PM

Gross

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:16 PM

they MUST be good at music if people were wearing THOSE t shirts!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:18 PM

HahahahahahaahahahahhaHAHAHAHAHAHAAhahahahahaahahahha

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:19 PM

It was a fun show. Hot as hell in there though. I agree with the writer of the article since even though I'm not really a fan of the band I have to admit that it was a lot of fun seeing a show packed with nonstop catchy tunes and a sold out crowd going absolutely insane all night long. My girlfriend loves them, and I'm glad she dragged me along.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:21 PM

1:10, don't blame the scalpers for charging what the market dictates.
Blame the fans who are willing to pay that much to see a 2 hour concert. Even moreso, blame the band and their management for not doing anything to ensure that most tickets went directly to fans at face value, instead of just dumping them in Ticketmaster (where scalpers/brokers have the upper hand with their use of bots to buy up seats).

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:24 PM

Seeing these guys play MHOW was unreal

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:26 PM

I love that Sacher has to write a long story to provide justification for his love for a pop-punk band. Otherwise, he risks losing hipster cred.
Why can't people just like what they like?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:26 PM

That's a long review for a band that no one comes to this site to read about. Who give a shit tehy played NY, that's not reason enough to write a review of them. Shame Travis lived thru that plane crash.

Posted by o0 | September 12, 2013 1:28 PM

there's nothing ironic about spending big bucks to see 182 in 2013

Posted by blah | September 12, 2013 1:31 PM

cant believe im admitting this but it was kinda surreal.

more pics?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:35 PM

This write up absolutely nailed it. It was a blast.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:43 PM

I never liked green day or this green day cover band

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:44 PM

Guys, let me justify my bad taste.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:48 PM

I'm glad you brought up Wavves, Japandroids, and Cloud Nothings. It absolutely baffles me that these bands are acceptable to like because Pitchfork chose them, but other very similar bands are considered kid's stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 1:58 PM

was frohawk there?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:01 PM

WHO FUCKING CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jesus

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:08 PM

158 Wavves, Japandroids, and Cloud Nothings suck just like Blink however it is acceptable to like whatever crap you want. This is America you know.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:09 PM

hahaha what does andrew sacher have on you, BV? he is one of the worst writers on the internet and that is a LOW bar.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:12 PM

If ever I thought that Blink-182 appeals to complete fucking self indulgent morons who over fantasize their uniqueless youth then the writer of this fan fiction review completely confirmed my suspicions.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:21 PM

awesome -

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:21 PM

Most of you like bands that you are not willing to admit that you like. Be bold. Just admit what you like, without apology.
Who gives a crap whether you like pop-punk, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow, or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:46 PM

2:12, Sacher isn't a bad writer. I just find it funny that he has to write a few paragraphs to justify that he likes a pop band, so that his hipster membership card doesn't get revoked.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:54 PM

Most of you like bands that you are not willing to admit that you like. Be bold. Just admit what you like, without apology.
Who gives a crap whether you like post-punk, Savages, Jay-Z, or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:59 PM

White people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:00 PM

This is prob one of the best bands out I the new century. It's not "hip" to just hate. Your lame ass bands crashing in brooklyn would be flipping or signing back up to miquel if its wasn't for blink bringing rock back. Learn a little something about history folks.

You are all embarrassing yourselves and that's why brooklyn has gone to shit

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 3:09 PM

I'm trying to decide who's the worse writer here, the author of this terrible review or the Blink fans attempting to defend them?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:16 PM

I thought Brooklyn went to shit because of high rents and yuppies moving in? Hell, what do I know....

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:18 PM

Most of you like bands that you are not willing to admit that you like. Be bold. Just admit what you like, without apology.
Who gives a crap whether you like electro-punk, Haim, Kanye West, or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:27 PM

309 "This is prob one of the best bands out I the new century." They've been around since the early 90's. "blink bringing rock back"? From what? That crappy band did not bring anything "back". And stop using that idiotic term "hate"! The only people that I hate are the losers who use it. If "brooklyn has gone to shit" why is it people seem to be constantly moving there and neighborhoods getting renovated all of the time? Were you there in the 80' & 90's before it "went to shit"?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:28 PM

"Were you there in the 80' & 90's before it "went to shit"?"

sucking on papi's dick

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:31 PM

What was the state of rock before blink 182? As far as I know the only thing going was that the hair band era was long gone and a lot of good music was coming from Europe. The US rock scene was back with the pop punk fusion of blink and it caught on in the mainstream. Their music videos helped their cause as well.

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 3:38 PM

"What was the state of rock before blink 182? As far as I know the only thing going was that the hair band era was long gone and a lot of good music was coming from Europe. The US rock scene was back with the pop punk fusion of blink and it caught on in the mainstream. Their music videos helped their cause as well."

How fucking clueless and myopic do you have to be to make such a stupid statement?
God, blink fans just keep reaffirming how fucking stupid and out of touch they are.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 3:48 PM

^ you're an idiot. The rock scene was dead throughout the country as a mainstream medium. It was blink that fused in the pop genre with punk.

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 3:58 PM

"^ you're an idiot. The rock scene was dead throughout the country as a mainstream medium. It was blink that fused in the pop genre with punk."

Ignorance coupled with arrogance is not pretty, D. You sound like a Zimmerman.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:22 PM

I credit blink-182 for taking Bad Religion out on tour with them in 2000, and thus showing me that there were WAY better bands out there. BR became my favorite band and Blink always just remained as "that band I liked when I was a teenager". For what it's worth, its catchy music, but I don't exact dig up the albums anymore.

In short: Bad Religion rules.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:22 PM

Pop 'punk' was around well before Blink came out. They just whored their sound out to MTV. Thats what made them 'pop'

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:26 PM

The guy arguing with D. Save you breath. You would have a much more intelligent and correct discourse with a chimpanzee.

(and yes D we all know, we must care about you cause we are addressing you)

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:28 PM

Be a man! Put your name on it!!

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 4:29 PM

Just give me an example on what other band or musician made a splash bigger than blink. If its accurate then I will stand corrected.....

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 4:37 PM

Green Day

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:39 PM

The Offspring

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:41 PM

Rancid

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:42 PM

Any band on Epitaph

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:43 PM

anon 338 I guess you missed out on Nirvana, Soundgaren, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Sonic Youth, Garbage, Janes Addiction, Living Color, STP, Lenny Kravitz, Social D, Sugar etc... if you think these idiots were "bringing rock back"! I've been a rock fan since way before these guys showed up and I cannot even tell you what they sound like. I just remember thinking they sucked like Green Day, Creed, Bush and all of the other shitty rock bands that were popular in the 90's.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:44 PM

"Be a man! Put your name on it!!

Posted by D"


Irony and idiocy all wrapped into one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:45 PM

Sugar Ray

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:48 PM

BTW "Punk" was a late 70's/early 80's scene that started in NYC, then London and then spread to LA. Anything after that is just rock. There is nothing "punk" about bands like Green Day or Blink 182. They are just pop-rock bands. And shitty ones at that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:48 PM

Mest

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:48 PM

I agree with what 4:44 is saying. Blink were throwaway trash aimed at pre-teens who had no knowledge of anything better or deeper. The artists 4:44 lists are just a fraction of the bands that "made a splash bigger than blink," and that's not including all the hugely important indie and underground bands who's influence and legacy easily eclipses the junk D is defending. If you qualify music as better or more important based only on album sales and TRL exposure then you might as well line up and suck at the dick and nipples of Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Mumford and Sons, etc. Fucking moron but a blink fan so it all makes perfect sense.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:54 PM

4:48 sounds like a bigger prick than D.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:55 PM

I stand partially corrected but Mest?!? Rancid?!!? Sugar Ray?!? Seriously?? Might as well have said Limp Bizkit. Blink 182 still deserve props and none of the above mentioned have a drummer like Travis Barker. The man has become a legend and more so after his plane crash survival.

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 4:59 PM

Nirvana?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:02 PM


Most of you like bands that you are not willing to admit that you like. Be bold. Just admit what you like, without apology.
Who gives a crap whether you like White People, Babaganouj, Poland Springs, Bachelor pads in Astoria, or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:13 PM

"Blink 182 still deserve props and none of the above mentioned have a drummer like Travis Barker. The man has become a legend and more so after his plane crash survival.

Posted by D"

No he has not. Don't try and rewrite history of an event no one cares about. Barker is a fucking hack with idiotic tattoos that personifies his wannabe ugly wigger style. His drumming is nothing remotely special and least of all groundbreaking.

D, take some advice from, Marshall McLuhan: "I heard what you were saying! You know nothing of my work! You mean my whole fallacy is wrong. How you got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:17 PM

Ha a fellow educated man who is currently taking a philosophy course....
Barker is one of the top 5 drummers of our generation if no top 2.

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 5:33 PM

"Barker is one of the top 5 drummers of our generation if no top 2." You need to listen to more music than the junk these idiots play.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:39 PM

"Ha a fellow educated man who is currently taking a philosophy course....
Barker is one of the top 5 drummers of our generation if no top 2.
Posted by D"

You are an amazing person.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:42 PM

454 I was just mentioning the obvious rock acts of the era that this guy says Blink "brought rock back" to. You really have to laugh sometimes at how clueless people are. It's one thing to like a crappy band, another to re-write history.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:42 PM

Just give me an example on what other drummer is on par or greater than Travis Barker since the late 90's until now?

I'm not rewriting history I'm just choosing not to ignore it which is what anon 542 seems to be doing just because a drummer has made it "mainstream" The "selling out" argument is played out.

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 5:50 PM

5:42 I totally get what you're saying and agree.
D, obviously has to be a troll and we're feeding him. There is no way someone can be this fucking ignorant and obnoxious. Even regardless of his "fellow educated man" status.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 5:51 PM

It's funny cause D didn't realize it was an Annie Hall reference. So the guy who mentioned McLuhan is more likely in a film class.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 6:35 PM

Y'all getting trolled by D in the comments section of the worst thing ever posted on BV. How's that feel?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 7:54 PM

Meet is so fucking tight. Not to mention punk. Y'all need to get your heads out of your fucking asses

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 8:47 PM

^ I meant MEST. Fuck my ass

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 8:48 PM

i ended up at the show cause i was cruising with a friend. I totally hated blink 182 when they were popular. But the show was totally amazing. Even if it's not my thing, i had to reluctantly admit that these dudes are insanely good at what they do (writing bratty pop punk jingles.) And that drummer was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 10:49 PM

^cruising?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 10:57 PM

Punk was pretty much dead by the late 70's.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 11:11 PM

^ You can never call a genre dead. There is always a chance for it to come back.

Thank you anon 10:49 you recognized talent LIVE. You can't fake a good show live and Travis still got it. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy any of their new shit if it sounded the same as it did back then but I give them props for bringing it and creating entertaining music with actual instrumnents.

This concludes my argument and perhaps you'll better appreciate music that make a splash on a generation.

Adios BVers

Posted by D | September 12, 2013 11:24 PM

Punk rock started in NYC, moved to London and a few years later to California. It was pretty much done by the early-mid 80's. Anything after that is just rock.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 11:50 PM

False D wound up so many of you, and with very little effort. If this article wasn't the absolute shallow end of BV readership, somebody would have called him on that by now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 1:16 AM

The most depressing element of this entire thread is that D wasn't a troll but actually speaking his real truth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 1:39 AM

Welcome to Hell.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 2:31 AM

^ DJ AM is that you?

Posted by T Barkzz | September 13, 2013 7:01 AM

It's stupid that they charged 50 bucks for this. Given that this was a benefit show, they should've charged at least 100. I would venture to guess that 90% of the people did not get their tickets at the 50 dollar face value. All that extra money that people paid to see this band, could have gone to the charity. Instead, it went to people's pockets.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 8:53 AM

you are naieve about charitable fundraising

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 9:17 AM

I jerked off onto Mark Hoppus' fucking face WOOOOOO!

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 9:43 AM

9:17, you are naïve about concert ticketing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 9:56 AM

9:17, you are naïve about your ability to spell.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 11:01 AM

"You can never call a genre dead. There is always a chance for it to come back."
I hope funk metal comes back. Yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 11:04 AM

Enema of the State was the soundtrack of high school parties in 99-00. The mainstream of rock from what I remember from that time...
Damnit was a minor hit for Blink off dude ranch, that was like 98, then they blew up with enema at the end of 99, before that Limp Bizkit was the mainstream of rock, along with other nu-metal, LB was like hand picked by Korn, who were big, but not as mainstream as LB got to be, green day was big in '95, oasis with Morning Glory in 96 was big, though the ballads were more popular than the rock songs, summer of 97 sugar ray and third eye blind had big songs, if that's rock? then blink came along and that pop-punk sound got big

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 12:49 PM

Nu-metal was the worst. Except System of a Down. Otherwise, that was an awful genre.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2013 1:52 PM

I took a shit yesterday that sounded better than anything blink 182 has ever released.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2013 11:12 AM

"then they blew up with enema at the end of 99"

..sounds like most BV comment threads

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2013 6:00 AM

Man this reminds so much of american pie!!

Posted by Karlee | October 7, 2013 11:58 AM

Son, my boy D got opinions that destroy you like 42 decks... And his unwavering comment stamina is proof he be shooting up on that golden brown colored hummus with uncut Phyto-Nuttients. Don't f*ck with D, or you get the D in the B... Knameen?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 4:09 PM

Thanks for going all necro on us, 4:09

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2013 4:26 PM

Never Forget

Posted by D | July 28, 2014 7:54 AM

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