My Chemical Romance and Rancid join the fray
Blink-182 descended on Denver Sunday, bringing with them a more mature stage show, a deeper catalog and a freshly restocked arsenal of sex jokes.
Now that the band has finally turned in its first album of new songs since 2003, they seemed eager to get back to the business of rocking crowds and making parents just slightly nervous (jarringly, many of Blink's early fans are now old enough to have mohawked children of their own). Singer-guitarists Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker played multiple cuts from the forthcoming album "Neighborhoods" as well as some much more intricate versions of classic Blink tunes, backing up their claims that the band is at least attempting to grow up.
Still, some of the show's best moments sprang from good-natured bickering between the two frontmen, or from one of them shouting "penis" in the middle of a song for no reason. There's no question that the old Blink is fully back.
My Chemical Romance and Rancid also played the bill, which was part of both the Honda Civic Tour and KTCL's Big Gig. MCR, always a welcome sight for Denver rock fans, put in a full hour of doomsday-tinged arena rock to thunderous applause. More surprisingly, aging Bay Area punk band Rancid went over like gangbusters in the opening slot. If Blink-182 can resurrect themselves, why not bring some friends along for the ride? — Matt Farley, Metromix