• Stephanie Heath

Blink-182: Celebrates Enema of the State 20th Anniversary

(Atlanta, GA 08/01/2019) This time twenty years ago the pop-punk band Blink-182 released their third chart-topping album 'Enema of the State'. What's my age again? Fun fact about the album, former front man Tom Delonge and bassist Mark Hoppus wrote most of their songs based on their experiences partying with their friends, breakups and of course, aliens. This year, Blink-182 went on a celebratory tour playing the album 'From front to back, which is the hygienic way to wipe' says Hoppus.

Left to Right: Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker

Former Alkaline Trio lead singer Matt Skiba joined Blink-182 to replace Delonge while he is getting in contact with the creatures from above. No matter how long I waste my time on the fact that Tom has left the band, he will always be the voice inside my head. I miss you. Enema of the State was one of Blink's most iconic albums thus far with their chart-topping hits 'What's My Age Again', which is STILL being played at many major parties, and events twenty years later. That was the fourth song they performed and during the song streamers came down from the ceilings of the amphitheater showering the audience.

Mark Hoppus of Blink-182

The band is entertaining to watch because they purely have fun on stage. Mark is jumping all over the stage, engaging with his fans (and even gave a fan his bass guitar and signed it as a trade for the fan's Blink-182 license plate at their rock show a couple days prior). To describe Travis Barker as talented is an understatement; he brings high energy, exhilarating drum solos that almost make you personally tired because you see how much effort it takes.

The audience cheers the band on, sings word-for-word 'Adam's Song' which is the band's anti-suicide song, although its gained controversy throughout the years; others have openly expressed how that single has saved their lives. Blink-182 had a special guest from the crowd referred to as 'Shelby from Louisiana', when Hoppus asked for his name, he was wearing a banana suit. The guitar tech gave him a guitar and he jammed to 'All The Small Things' with the band. Fans are jumping and screaming 'work sucks, I know!' the irony is we finally understand that's the truth about being an adult, now that we're all grown. I guess this is growing up!

Left to Right: Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus

During the performance of 'Alien's Exist', inflatable aliens were floating around the crowd, they were bouncing everywhere. It was suitable for many reasons, one being the spirit of Tom and his best friends think he's telling lies to the alleged Area 51 raid that is happening this fall.

Travis Barker of Blink-182

Direct support for Blink-182 was the one and only Lil Wayne. It was up in the air if Wayne was going to show up the rest of the tour when he had an outburst at their Tampa concert stating he doesn't want to do this anymore and walked off stage. The rapper claims it was mental illness that made him want to get off the rest of the tour but ended up staying. Before he went on stage, his official DJ T.Lewis warmed up the crowd with booty-shaking songs, Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', along with Lil Wayne exclusive songs off his mix tape and featured songs off Carter V to get rowdy the crowd up for the best rapper alive.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne had a humbling introduction telling us a few things about him that he wanted us to know before he started his performance. He says 'I go by the name of Tunechi. There's three things I want y'all to know, number one is I ain't sh*t without God. Second, I ain't sh*t without you. Ya dig? Third is I ain't sh*t without you.' The crowd recited number three with the rapper as he was speaking. He proceeds to introduce his band and his DJ to the audience.

Lil Wayne

Finally the moment we've been waiting for, he kicks off the night with 'Wasted'. Flames were shooting out of the stage, he's smoking a blunt during his performance and he's just having the time of his life. Once he started performing he was in the zone meanwhile, fans were chanting the lyrics back to him. Additional songs he performed include 'HYFR' (Hell Yea Fucking Right), The Motto, and it wouldn't be a Weezy concert without 'A Milli'.

Lil Wayne

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