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Music: Blink-182

By Reyan Ali · August 11th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

The sophomoric simplicity of Blink-182 is back and (hopefully) unchanged.

Things collapsed for the band when, after internal drama, they dissolved in 2005. All members immediately snapped up other projects but they were comparatively sub par: DeLonge’s Angels & Airwaves ditched swift riffs and dick jokes for widescreen AltRock while Barker and Hoppus teamed back up for the inoffensive and unimpressive 44.

A dark catalyst came in September of last year. After Barker was involved in a near-fatal plane crash, the band began communicating again. At The Grammys in February, the trio announced its reformation, with the members intending to pick up from where they’d paused. A recent MTV.com report of the kick-off concert on Blink’s summer-long reunion tour indicated that nothing seems to have changed: The group indulged in obscene silliness, the set was a blast if not slightly off (DeLonge’s cry has become more of a caterwaul) and, most importantly, the decade-old ennui still means rich hooks.

They play Riverbend with Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and Chester French. Read more about the band and get show details here.


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