Concert Reviews

Over the Weekend: Blink-182 at Fiddler's Green

Blink-182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and Chester French Fiddler's Green September 6, 2009

The members of Blink-182 became the kings of pop-punk nation a decade ago, when Enema of the State flushed the style's system with a cleansing formula of big hooks and cheerfully profane snottiness. But the median age of the most exuberant attendees wedged into Fiddler's Green to see the Denver stop on their reunion tour, also featuring Chester French, Taking Back Sunday and Weezer, didn't match that of the players themselves: singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker are both 33, while singer-bassist Mark Hoppus is 37. In fact, the sold-out amphitheater as a whole and the lawn area in particular were dominated by high schoolers who enthusiastically relate to the adolescent hijinx the boys celebrated early on -- the ones they're trying to move beyond without leaving behind. I guess this is growing up.

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