Dan Siebold

MUSINK Day 2 Featuring Blink-182 @ OC Fairgrounds – 03/17/2018

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Blink-182 @ Musink Festival - 03/17/18A raucous sold out crowd welcomed Day 2 of MUSINK 2018 (Saturday, March 17th) – taking clear advantage of the St. Patrick’s holiday to party at the OC Fairgrounds at a festival that has successfully merged tattoo artistry with rock & roll performances. With a headlining set by Blink-182 (with strong support from The Interrupters and Good Charlotte), the crowning of Miss MUSINK 2018 and a limited supply of green beer on tap the evening was perfectly set up for unlimited shenanigans for the festive capacity crowd.

With Blink & Good Charlotte on the bill, there was plenty of early 2000s nostalgia to go around – in contrast with Day 1 (which was devoted to old school LA punk), the millennials were clearly out in force on Day 2. After nearly 6 months since their last show, Blink dusted off cobwebs while blasting through 23 songs. As with previous shows the focus was on a combination of classic hits and new material that has been created with Matt Skiba (who replaced Tom DeLonge 3 years ago).

Having celebrated his 46th birthday just two days prior, lead singer and bassist Mark Hoppus along with Skiba and the festival’s curator, Travis Barker hit the stage (under extremely dim blue and red lighting) rewarding the patient crowd with “Cynical” off their 2016 release California. It would be the first of 7 songs off that album, the first and only release with Skiba as a bandmate. Early fan favorites were clearly the older Blink tunes such as “Feeling This”, “Rock Show” and “What’s My Age Again?”, the 1999 mega hit that propelled the band to global stardom.

Blink-182 @ Musink Festival - 03/17/18Less than one month removed from throat surgery, Skiba showed little signs of any restrictions as he powered his way through strong vocal duties on “I Miss You” and “First Date”. Night 2 of MUSINK concluded with a trio of Blink favorites. “All The Small Things” and was followed by the new classic “Brohemian Rhapsody” with 1997’s “Dammit” officially closing out the evening.

The band also announced a first-ever Las Vegas residency that is scheduled to kick off in late May. Dubbed the “King Of The Weekend”, the recently renovated Palms Casino Resort and its Pearl Concert Theater will play home to the trio for 16 dates that will run through November. With a special setlist planned, the band looks forward to bringing a musical adventure to Sin City.

Earlier in the day, LA ska band The Interrupters provided a widely entertaining set to those that made it early enough. Aimee Interrupter is an energetic, confident, engaging lead singer – providing a powerful performance. Her bandmates are all brothers (Kevin, Justin and Jess Bivona) were sharply dressed in black suits. Throughout the 40 minute set they added a spark to the show as they actively worked the stage.

After a brief break to crown Miss MUSINK 2018 and to award legendary tattoo artist Jack Rudy with an achievement award, Good Charlotte – the pop punk sensation that burst onto the music scene at the turn of the century provided some sentimental rock for the masses. Twins Joel & Benji Madden are still clearly in charge and satisfied the packed venue with the opener “The Anthem”. Compared to their earlier years, the band has slowed down their stage show but hits such as “Girls & Boys” and “The Young & The Hopeless” provided a momentary spark before closing off their 13 song set with “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous”. It is easily their biggest hit to date, topping both the pop and rock charts back in 2003.

Travis Barker’s fusion of tattoos, music and exotic cars was expertly choreographed yet again this year, bringing each together for the mainstream market.  Barker has taken lifestyle & passions and provided tens of thousands of attendees with a superior event that has grown in reputation and quality each year.

The Interrupters Photo Gallery

Good Charlotte Photo Gallery

Blink-182 Photo Gallery

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