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what’s my age again?

By Tara Zandra | September 18, 2009

Last night was our long awaited night to see Blink-182 in concert with Weezer. So here’s the background- about 7 years ago we were given free tickets to a Green Day/ Blink-182 concert. Jimmy Eat World opened for them and I enjoyed them enough that I decided to purchase their CD next time I got a chance (no i-tunes then). Then Green Day came on and they were fabulous. We were having a great time. Then Blink-182 took the stage and frankly, acted like idiots. We were not having a good time and left about 3 songs in. Fast forward a year and Blink released a new CD that both Chris and I fell in love with and listened to all the time. It was during a time that he was working horribly late hours and I was alone a lot at night and played it endlessly here while he was also listening to it at work waiting to be able to close up. During that time, I was always kind of sad that we left their concert early and was hoping to see them again. Then the band broke up and I was really sad because my chance was now gone.

I’m sure you heard about the plane crash that took place last year that had DJ AM and Travis Barker- drummer for Blink- plus four others who unfortunately were killed. This tragedy led to the members of Blink-182 reconciling and hence, the tour this year. So I was quite delighted and have been looking forward to it for quite a while.

So last night we headed to Irvine Meadows Verizon Ampitheatre and hiked the hill to the lawn section. When the tickets went on sale, there was a special deal of 2 lawn seats $20 total, inclusive of fees. I detest Ticketmaster fees and we determined it was too good of a deal to pass up. Last night, we learned that we are far too old to be sitting on the lawn. Good grief, those kids up there were in diapers during Weezer’s debut back in 1994! Literally, the only people we saw even remotely near out age were the two older guys selling bootleg t-shirts.

Anyway, aside from that, Weezer was great. They only had one hour but they really packed a lot into their hour. The sound was crisp and our view wasn’t too bad, all things considering. On the plus side, Smokey the Dweeb behind me stopped smoking during Weezer so I could stop worrying about my hair catching fire, and Drunky the Dancing Girl to my left apologized for taking over my space.

During the break in between we decided to head to the far left side as there was a lot of open space. I figured that’s where the older folks were probably sitting, lol. We still only saw maybe 3 or 4 people in our age range. Anyway, we settled in an awaited Blink. It really wasn’t too long before they came on stage and we stood and did the cheering thing and they launched into their first song which I swear I’ve never heard before. Chris said I have, but it certainly didn’t sound familiar.

In any case, their next song was one of their classics “What’s My Age Again?” which was written by Mark Hoppus when he was 23. He’s 2 years older than me so the lyrics have a slight ironic tinge to them now. In any case, it was enjoyable, yet I noticed it lacked a little soul. They then moved on to the album that I was mentioning earlier. They played my favorite off that album, my least favorite and 2 others that I really, really enjoy. But it all felt hollow. They didn’t sound very good at all and you can’t blame the sound system because Weezer sounded phenomenal. I think Tom and Mark (the two singers) honestly just don’t sing that well and they have a good vocal mixer in the studio. I don’t know, maybe time and age have changed their voices, it’s not like they have a new song playing on the radio right now that I could compare to their old stuff. Goodness knows Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) sounds nothing like he did for Dream On. The difference is he still sounds good, just different.

But I digress.

Basically, to wrap this up, they didn’t sound good and the live versions of their songs, which I do dearly love, were not evoking any good feelings in me. I should never sit at a concert thinking I’d rather be playing the songs on i-tunes at home.

So we left.

Second time we’ve walked out of a Blink-182 concert (which, incidentally, we were not alone in leaving), I don’t think we’ll give them a 3rd shot. I’m quite sure I’ll still buy the new album next year when it comes out, but I’ll continue to enjoy them at home and skip the tour.

On the upside, Weezer really was great and it was a night out for Chris and I, which really means it was wonderful because as long as we’re together, it’s a great evening.

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