The Honda Civic Tour featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]My Chemical Romance[/lastfm] came to an end this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. They brought out awesome bands on this tour like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rancid[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Manchester Orchestra[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]H2O[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Matt and Kim[/lastfm]. Being a big fan of Blink, I wasn’t going to miss out on this. I was able to watch the very last show of this 10 week tour to a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl.
I love the Hollywood Bowl. I think it is a great place to see a show. However, I hate all the traffic. Sure enough, I showed up a little bit later than I had hoped for. Don’t think I forgot about you dude who sold me my shuttle ticket. I did not appreciate you letting the shuttle go right after I bought my tickets, forcing my friend and I (who were the only 2 people there) to wait and extra 20 minutes.
We finally arrive and first things first, where is the beer? Large venues are so evil with their pricing, but its almost impossible to not get at least a few and today I didn’t want to think of my bank account.
As I walked around I checked out the Honda Civic bus and the car that Blink-182 designed for the tour. That car is pretty sweet.
It’s about time for this show to get going. Matt and Kim are the first to hit the stage. I didn’t know much about this band going into the show, but the 2 piece group had an insane amount of energy! During the set they were greeted with Mark Hoppus with a bouquet of helium filled condoms. Then a dance off took place between Mark and Kim. That chick can get down and so can Hoppus!
Now my lack of digital camera may be a disadvantage of high quality memories, but I do have my trusty iPhone 4. Here is a picture of Matt and Kim rocking out.
I swear that’s Matt and Kim.
Between sets of Matt and Kim and My Chemical Romance it was time for another over priced beverage.
Long before my days working here at KROQ, I was able to see My Chemical Romance for free in 2004 at a KROQ calendar signing. Who knew I would end up working with these crazy people! That was around the time MCR was starting to gain a lot of success with the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. They sounded great then and even better now.
My Chem hits the stage and opens the set with their single “Na Na Na” off of their latest album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Then it was followed by “I’m Not Okay” which the crowed really responded too. Especially the two gentlemen sitting next to me who went absolutely bananas during MCR’s entire set.
During one song, they had a crew of people walk into the aisle with giant balloons and tossed them around when they got to the chorus. By now the bowl is really starting to fill up. The band ends their set with the song “Cancer.” I looked behind and noticed 1. My seats were pretty awesome and 2. This place is getting packed!!
- Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
- I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
- Planetary (GO!)
- The Only Hope for Me Is You
- Our Lady of Sorrows
- Famous Last Words
- Welcome to the Black Parade
After yet another beverage break, I get back to my seat and wait for the awesomeness that is, Blink-182. This band defined my youth and is responsible for the horrible things I think and say on a daily basis. And after a long 8 years without any new music, I was excited to hear the new material live.
They open the set with “Feeling This” then went right into their new single “Up All Night.” Now that song is meant for a huge crowd!
Although the set was mainly the hits, the non singles they played were “Dumpweed” and “Violence.” They also played 4 new songs off of Neighborhoods. I was excited yet a little bit nervous how they would pull off playing the new material live, but that nervousness was soon put to rest. Blink has never sounded so good live and they are still just as funny with all the dick jokes and Mark making fun of Tom’s mom’s vagina and all.
This may look a lot like the Matt and Kim picture, but I assure you that this is Blink.
They start to play “Always.” I like that song, they are in fact playing the hell out of it. It really is too bad that the only memory I have of this song now is the guy behind me puking all over our seats. Come on man I didn’t need that splatter on my jeans, learn to hang!
A Blink show wouldn’t be a Blink show without them doing something that would offend the ordinary person. It was at this point after they played “First Date,” that they played a classic from the Take Off Your Pants And Jacket album titled “F**k A Dog.” Never in my life have I heard so many people sing at once “I wanna f**k a dog in the a**.” Truly an awesome moment.
From there they played one of the new songs “Hearts All Gone.” An amazing fast song to see live. It’s like old Blink had sex with new Blink and this is the product of that affair. I don’t know how Travis does it, but that is some fine drumming on this song.
The set starts to approach the end and the crowd reached a whole new level of excitement as they begin to play “All The Small Things” and bring the night to an end with “Josie.”
Or is it the end? Hell no!
After a few minutes of darkness, a curtain drops and Mr. Travis Barker is on a drum riser floating over the crowd for his drum solo.
The solo had a lot of samples from Travis’s solo record, begging the question, “can a drummer get some?”
After that mind blowing drum solo, Blink-182 wrapped up the night with “Carousel” and “Dammit.” Confetti fills the air and the big finish ended. But its still not over! Tom then starts to play “Family Reunion,” and leaves us singing “I f-cked your mom” in many different octaves then proceeds to drop the mic and exit the stage like a boss. Mark does his big rock star ending after the rest of the band had already left the stage and just like that, the show was over. From then, it was a fun couple of hours trying to leave Hollywood.
I had a great time watching this last show of the Honda Civic Tour. Many memories of those 2 men going crazy and throwing elbows during MCR and Blink’s set, vomit splatter on my jeans, over priced beer and a foreign guy that kept trying to ask if my septum piercing hurt. It is great to see that the band I grew up listening to still has the ability to make great music and rock thousands of faces off.
- Feeling This
- Up All Night
- The Rock Show
- What’s My Age Again?
- I Miss You
- Stay Together for the Kids
- After Midnight
- First Date
- F**k a Dog
- Heart’s All Gone
- Man Overboard
- Ghost On The Dance Floor
- All the Small Things
- Drum Solo
- Family Reunion