Aside from new haircuts, very little has changed in the world of pop-punkers Blink-182. The SoCal trio’s Hollywood show Friday oozed with the same irresistible, breezy songs and harmless potty-mouth humor that’s made the band one of modern rock’s most popular acts of the past few years.
And all signs point to both the immediate and lasting success of the group’s upcoming fifth studio album, “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” (due next month), including this sold-out U.S. tour and an overactive fanbase that’s made Blink’s new single one of the Web’s most sought-after downloads.
This fun 75-minute show featured lots of tracks from 1999’s multiplatinum MCA album “Enema of the State” (“All the Small Things,” “Going Away to College,” teen suicide tale “Adam’s Song”), a choice few from 1997’s “Dude Ranch” (early single “Dick Lips,” the high-speed “Pathetic”), as well as a handful of familiar-sounding new ones: “The Rock Show,” with bassist Mark Hoppus on lead vocals, and “First Date,” sung by guitarist Tom DeLonge.
Rarely would more than one song pass before one or both of the band’s frontmen would launch into an expletive-filled outburst aimed at the audience, their parents, or each other.
But this served only to stoke the already hot and bothered kids on the floor, who screamed and spun huge mosh pits throughout the show. Many young ladies hoisted homemade signs, such as one which read, “I Want Tom’s Crotch.”
A three-song encore (though the threesome never really left the stage) included the profane “Grandpa,” which is a bonus track on some versions of the new album, 1994’s “Carousel” and Blink-182’s first hit, 1997’s “Dammit (Growing Up).”
Hoppus was reluctant to exit, and he soloed on DeLonge’s guitar and Travis Barker’s drums before finally waving goodbye.