Robert Fayette

Blink-182 @ The Hollywood Palladium 10/10/09

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Blink-182 made their triumphant return to Los Angeles this past Saturday evening at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. Following their reunion earlier this year at the Grammy’s, the Poway trio hit the road for 3 months touring the country from coast to coast before making their way back to Southern California for an intimate performance for the several hundred fans who were lucky enough to score tickets for the sold-out show.

The anticipation leading up to Blink’s performance was already apparent by the time I arrived at the venue to the massive line which wrapped from one side of the venue to the other, some arriving as early as 10am to stake out their spot. After selling out two nights last month at nearby Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, it was a treat for those in attendance to catch a glimpse of Blink-182 in a much smaller venue for a near 90-minute set to cap off the tour before heading up to Santa Barbara the following evening.

Outshining his fellow band mates again was drummer Travis Barker who was performing double duty for the evening, first for opener, Mickey Avalon and later for Blink-182. Much to his credit, Barker has proven why he is the highly touted drummer that he is from the amount of raw energy and skills he has perfected over the years through various projects that he has been part of.

Blink opened their set in similar fashion to last months Irvine shows with the track, “Dumpweed” before going right into a more recent release, “Feeling This,” which clearly the crowd did.

Rather then performing the classics and singles, Blink opted to go with a set comprised of catalogue tracks spanning their career as a band including, “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Reckless Abandon,” and “Josie.”

Much to the surprise, the crowd was treated to a more polished performance with less verbal banter and sexual jokes between bassist Mark Hoppus and singer guitarist Tom DeLonge that was capped off by an eruption of confetti to close out the performance at the end of the track, “Dammit.”

Local rapper Mickey Avalon opened the festivities with a short set which Barker handling drumming duties for evening. Avalon is currently working on his next record, due sometime near in the future.

Orange County superheroes, The Aquabats were up next for a 40-minute performance that was complete with their goofball antics and persona that never seems to get old no matter times a fan sees them in person.

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The Aquabats
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Mickey Avalon
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