Blink-182: Arkansas Music Pavilion

It was a cold day in April three years ago when I saw Blink-182 perform at the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) with one of my best friends. They were on tour with their newest album California, but showcased nostalgic songs from their top 3 albums: Enema of the State, Take off Your Pants and Jacket, and their self-titled album Blink-182. I have loved this band since I was 15 years old and my top favorite songs are as follows: “Easy Target,” “The Rock Show,” “Online Songs,” “First Date,” & their most well known song “All the Small Things.” These are the songs that will stick with me forever because how relatable they are to my life. This band sure has changed since the 90s, but so have we all.

You never know if a band is truly good until you hear them live. Due to their beyond exceptional performance, it makes me love Blink-182 even more. Wavves and The Naked and Famous were the opening bands and they both brought unique sounds that made them memorable. It was worth the pit tickets to have the opportunity of getting up-close photos during the show. The set was high energy and cranked to the umpteenth degree, but the pink and white confetti finale made you wish the rock show never had to end.

Photo credit: Blink-182’s Studio Album “Nine”

September of last year, Blink-182 released their 8th studio album Nine. You can listen to the full album here. There is a huge transition from pop punk to a classic pop music style. I feel like for a lot of fans this will be a hard change to accept, but I still love the energy that shines through. My favorite song so far is “Heaven.” It reminds me of their older music which I tend to gravitate towards the most. Go listen and be the judge for yourself.

If you are interested in where Blink-182 will be next, text (323) 831-0182 for a good time.

So far, this is their itinerary:
Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI- 7/2/2021
Ottawa Bluesfest- 7/14/2021
Four Chord Music Festival in Washington, PA- 7/16/2021

I cannot wait to see them live again, but for now I reminisce on the brain drain of the past and look hopeful towards the future. Stay hungry and keep searching for what makes you feel alive again.

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