LIVE: Blink-182

What's our age again? Hometown heroes Blink-182 had us feeling like youngsters again when they hit Viejas Arena on July 21-22 with a huge pop-punk wallop.

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Blink-182 played a hometown, two-night stand at Viejas Arena on July 21-22.
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The pop-punk trio are simply put, San Diego legends -- having formed in Poway in 1992.
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And they heard it from the crowd at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena: Both shows were sold out.
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Aside from original members Mark Hoppus (bass) and Travis Barker (drums), the new guy on the block is Matt Skiba (pictured) on guitar.
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Skiba is a guitarist/vocalist most widely known for his work in another pop-punk band Alkaline Trio.
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Until 2015, that is. In a now infamous split, original guitarist Tom DeLonge exited the band and was replaced by Skiba.
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Rumors still circulate as to if DeLonge will eventually rejoin the band. However, he’s explained in interviews that he’s tied up with other projects – and his work with UFO research.
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Nevertheless, Blink has charged on with Skiba now firmly in the ranks as an official member. They released their first album together on July 1, 2016 entitled “California.”
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The album became the band’s second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, and first in 15 years.
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The band is considered pivotal in the development of the pop-punk sound. Songs were fast paced, but also very melodic with tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
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They’ve sold more than 13 million albums in the U.S. and more than 35 million albums worldwide.
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Blink started their journey into worldwide stardom with 1997’s “Dude Ranch” album which spawned their first huge radio single, “Dammit.”
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But it was their 1999 followup album, “Enema of the State,” that made them the biggest pop-punk band in the world.
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That record contained three absolutely massive single: “What’s My Age Again?”, “All the Small Things,” and “Adam’s Song.”
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Their 2001 effort, “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” only furthered their success, with songs like “The Rock Show,” “Stay Together for the Kids,” and “First Date.”
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The original members have all splintered off to do side or solo projects including Box Car Racer, Angels & Airwaves, Transplants, +44, and TRV$DJAM.
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Perhaps most notably (in our opinion), Barker joined local “cholo-goth” duo Prayers in the studio last year for work on their latest EP, and has been a huge champion of the group’s work.
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Blink-182’s setlist on July 22, included the following songs: “Feeling This,” “What’s My Age Again?,” “Family Reunion,” “The Rock Show,” “Cynical” …
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“First Date,” “Down,” “I Miss You,” “Bored to Death,” “Built This Pool,” “Dumpweed,” “Reckless Abandon,” “Stay Together for the Kids,” “No Future” …
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“Man Overboard,” “Violence,” “Dysentery Gary,” “Happy Holidays, You Bastard,” “Kings of the Weekend, and “Carousel.”
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Their encore consisted of “Los Angeles,” “All the Small Things,” “Brohemian Rhapsody,” and their first radio hit, “Dammit.”
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