Blink-182 played in front of a sold out crowd at the Eden Project on Sunday night.
The American pop-punk band, who reformed in 2009, visited the South West of England for the first time as part of their mammoth European summer tour. The gig sold out in a matter of minutes in January when tickets went on sale, as fans of all ages snapped up the chance to see the godfathers of pop-punk play what is widely regarded as one of the best venues in the UK.
As the sun shone down on the tropical bio-domes of the Eden Project, the band did not disappoint.
Walking on stage to a wave of euphoria from the crowd, the band opened their set with their hit single ‘Feeling This’ before making a neat transition into a new song called ‘Up All Night’ from their recent record ‘Neighbourhoods’.
Mark Hoppus bounced around the stage as if he was still in his twenties; Tom Delonge yelled rude obscenities like they were going out of fashion and Travis Barker, well, beat the hell out of his drum set.
As the crowd consisted of people from as young as 11 to an older generation of people in their forties and fifties, it was appropriate that the band played a set of both old and new songs.
Classic hits such as ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘I Miss You’ went down as real crowd pleasers, whilst new songs like ‘Wishing Well’ and ‘Ghost On The Dancefloor’ were also received well by the Cornish audience.
Foot stomping songs such as ‘Dumpweed’, ‘Man Overboard’ and ‘Violence’ sustained the high tempo of the gig with the band briefly stopping between songs to bounce jokes off of each other.
Before the encore, Travis Barker treated the fans to a four minute long drum solo that rocked the biomes at Eden to the core. Had he continued for much longer his bass drum might have shaken them down – it was loud, fast and fantastic.
The final strike of one of his many symbols had not faded away before Mark and Tom were back on stage for the encore when they played two of their classic older songs, ‘Carousel’ and ‘Dammit’, that were received by the crowd with huge roars.
As the band left the stage at the end of the night and the crowd walked back up to the exit at the top of Eden, the all so familiar smell of Cornish Pasties hung in the air. A reminder that one of the world’s great live acts had just performed in Cornwall.
And boy would it be great to have them back again.