Blink 182: SoCal Punk for the Youth of New Jersey

Live Nation Turns Spotlight back to the Wellmont Theater

When Blink-182 comes to mind a time of angst, embarrassment, and confusion accompany them. Just like the realization that those feelings never go away, Blink has returned. In fact if you want to be amazed (and maybe terrified) Blink 182 has been around for over a decade. Yet somehow the crowd at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater was mixed between thirty-somethings sipping beers and teens in the mosh pit. But the gap in generation was unperceivable when the crowd sang, “What’s My Age Again?”

Blink-182 brings together the masses and has continued to survive despite their own ages and the ages of their fans. In this sense, both Blink and the Wellmont Theater are bringing in new and younger crowds with the same song and dance. Directly off Bloomfield Ave, The Wellmont Theater was an old movie theater that now serves as the community’s home for great musicians and comedians alike. A recent change in promoters brought booking from theBowery Presents to an end, and after two long months of silence LIVE NATION made a new beginning that the Wellmont and Blink experienced on September 6th.

For a time though, Blink-182’s future was uncertain. Tom DeLonge [guitar/vox], Mark Hoppus [bass], and Travis Barker [drums] had risen to fame in 1999 with their album Enemy of the State that sold over 5 million copies. However the band’s run ended with a split in 2005. Hoppus went on to interview bands on FUSE TV, DeLonge started his own band Angels & Airwaves, and Travis Barker nearly died, suffering 2nd degree burns after being one of the two sole survivors of a plane crash.

Remarkably by 2009 the band returned and even wrote new music. Music that fans of all ages listened and bothered to sing along with at the Wellmont Theater. Songs off their latest album included “Ghost on the Dance Floor,” “Up All Night,” “After Midnight,” and “Wishing Well”. The songs off Neighborhoods [2011] were scattered between the classics and were received well. But those new songs were not heard as loudly as “Miss You”, “Always”, and “Dammit” when the audience sang in unison and practically overpowered their performers.

Despite their rise and fall, Blink-182 sold out the Wellmont Theater and continue to tour nationally. A feat that after a decade of pop punk you would think impossible. Whether you would like to credit this to the music that brought them to fame in 1999 or the new fans they picked up in 2011, it’s undeniable that the band has a sound that stuck to one generation and passed to the next. The ability to do that is both highly sought after and envied and it’s this ability that precedes a Blink-182 show.

Catch upcoming shows at The Wellmont Theater such as The Fray and Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck.

1. Feeling This
2. Up All Night
3. The Rock Show
4. What’s My Age Again?
5. Dogs Eating Dogs
6. Down
7. I Miss You
8. Wishing Well
9. Disaster
10. Dumpweed
11. Always
12. Violence
13. After Midnight
14. First Date
15. Heart’s All Gone
16. Man Overboard
17. Ghost on the Dancefloor
18. All the Small Things
19. Josie

20. Carousel
21. Dammit
22. Family Reunion

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Sofia Chavez

Sofia is a senior studying broadcasting at Montclair State University. She has a radio show on campus called "Salsa & Chicks" and skills in editing and producing.