Blink-182 guitarist's other band lands at Fillmore
Blink-182 nearly broke up over guitarist-singer Tom DeLonge's rock-god complex, but you have to give the guy credit: Unlike most other popular musicians' dalliances, his has apparently birthed a respectable band in the form of Angels and Airwaves.
The group, which played Denver's Fillmore Saturday night, is a virtual step-by-step demolition of the punk ethos Blink-182 often found itself lumped into. Though Blink was always a pop-rock band, Angels and Airwaves goes it one better with keyboards, an accompanying sci-fi mythology and innumerable opportunities for DeLonge to throw his arms wide, "Titanic-" style, and soak up the love.
When all is said and done, the formula works. While Angels certainly aren't U2, they drew a big crowd, threw down massive arena riffs and inspired plenty of make-out sessions. Discriminating moshers may prefer Blink (or better yet, Angels opening act Say Anything), but Angels and Airwaves is a big-time band with a bright future and style to burn. Chalk one up for the prima donna.