Blink-182, A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects, DJ Spider – California Summer Tour
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater – Irvine, CA – 10.7.2016
Photos by: Angelica Nicolle Abalos
Blink-182, A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects and DJ Spider concluded their California summer tour at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater on October 7th, 2016. The soon to be closed venue greeted guests with a festival style space filled with booths offering merch, food and drinks. A KROQ tent was also set up providing music for those enjoying the lawn area during their pre-show hangouts.
DJ Spider treated the early arrivals to a remixed set filled with modern hits and throwbacks from a variety of genres. The crowd sang along to some fan favorites including Taking Back Sunday, Papa Roach, the Backstreet Boys and Lil Jon as they slowly made their way to their seats.
The All-American Rejects were the first band to take the stage following DJ Spider’s performance. To set the mood for the night, the Rejects’ gave a throwback filled performance consisting of most of their hit singles throughout the years. “Dirty Little Secret” got the crowd off to a great energetic start followed by “Swing, Swing” and “Gives You Hell” further into their set. Mid-set, the band introduced a new song “DGAF,” which was written after five years of a musical dry spell. The new tune included a catchy chorus that soon had everyone in the venue singing along–complete with certain hand gestures in the air, of course. Lead singer Tyson Ritter heavily interacted with their fans giving unique musical intros and quirky comments throughout the set. In between songs, he rambled on about the venue closing, audience participation and showed a deep gratefulness to be there that night.
A Day to Remember followed next and amped up the crowd’s levels to an all time high in preparation for the main act. The Florida natives’ performance provided an energetic mood keeping the crowd rocking to their most popular tracks. There were definitely no “bad vibrations” with these guys–pun intended. Despite minor technical difficulties, ADTR kept fans engaged and invigorated into the night. The band’s production included the expected beach balls and confetti cannons as well as a heavily decorated stage filled with large screens, TVs and old tape machines. ADTR rocked out with hits such as “I’m Made of Wax…” and “Have Faith in Me.” They slowed it down with an acoustic performance of “If It Means A Lot to You” as fans lit up the night with their phone lights and lighters. By the end of their set, the whole arena was primed and ready for blink-182 to take the stage.
A large black curtain descended from the rafters and fell down seconds into the band’s performance revealing three musicians on stage: bassist Mark Hoppus, guitarist Matt Skiba and drummer Travis Barker. In a recent lineup change, Skiba replaced blink-182’s original guitarist Tom Delonge in early 2015 after Delonge left the band. Despite fans’ concerns of how blink-182’s sound and live show would be affected after the change, Skiba seemed to fit right in and all those worries were no more. Throughout the show, the band was exuberant in their performance. Hoppus skipped and danced across the floor and Barker pounded away on the drums. The set was filled with high energy classics such as “First Date” and “What’s My Age Again?” mixed in with newer songs from their latest album, California. Even as the band slowed down their set with “I Miss You” or “Stay Together For The Kids,” it was clear that they never lost sight of who they were. The crappy pop-punk goofballs were still very present. Fans were not left without gag songs and happily sang along to “Happy Holidays You Bastard” or the newer “Built This Pool.” Hoppus was always prepared to crack some jokes in between songs. It was the blink-182 experience that fans have grown with and loved all these years. It was a night to remember and one can only hope to see more from blink-182 in the coming future.