Concert Reviews

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

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Chester French kicked off the evening in the coveted band-most-people-don't-know-that's-supposed-to-win-over-the-crowd-anyhow slot, and frontman Andrew "D.A." Wallach worked overtime to fulfill the last part of this equation. Between songs, he announced that he's originally from the Denver area, which, if true, is a fact our friend Google doesn't seem to know. The act got its start in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Harvard students Wallach and cohort Maxwell Drummey were discovered by Neptunes and N.E.R.D. guru Pharrell Williams, who name-checked Chester French in Westword Q&A last year.

Wallach then barked that the three key letters for the set were "NFJ," which stood for "no fucking joke," and that proved to be true, in that the combo wasn't laughed off the stage -- but neither did the crew connect with the throng in any notable way. Part of the problem was the material: The recorded versions heard on the album Love the Future stand out to some degree thanks to Williams' hybrid production approach, none of which translated live. The likes of "Bebe Buell" weren't melodically distinctive enough to rev up the Blink faithful, and the lyrical references went over most heads, too -- no wonder, since Buell is best known for boinking '70s-era rock stars now on the cusp of Social Security-eligibility. Even "C'mon (On My Own)," CF's catchiest tune, which Wallach said was inspired by Colorado, fell short of its blueprint, despite his bouncy antics. Nice try, guys -- no fucking joke.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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