Written by Abel Carmona
Sep 24, 2009 at 07:00 PM
ImageI made the drive out to the Woodlands with my daughter tonight. She just had to see Fall Out Boy, which is one of her favorite bands.  I figure there could be worst things for her to be doing than listening to Fall Out Boy, so I we came out to the show, Besides, I was interested to see what the newly reformed Blink 182 would sound like, since being on a 5 to 6 year hiatus.

We got to the Woodlands right about the time Fall Out Boy was taking the stage, so my daughter went to her seat and I went to do some photos.  After my three songs of photos, I returned to our seats, and truthfully, I kind of zoned them out while messing with my phone. I’ve never been a big fan of the boys, I know they ran through what seemed like their greatest hits seeing as they only had an hour set.

They touched on songs that I had heard before on the radio such as ” Sugar We’re Going down”, “Dance, Dance” and “Where is Your Boy”.  As I said I wasn’t giving too much attention to them until close to the end of their set, Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump were talking about how they had to cancel the last show they were going to play in Houston due to hurricane Ike, and said that they had worked on something special to make it up.

Now the two of them talking wasn’t what got my attention, as they finished I hear a very familiar sounding song that I couldn’t place right at first. Then realized they were doing a cover of Journeys’ “Don’t Stop Believing” which yes I know bands do cover songs all the time, and while Journey isn’t the greatest band, But Fall Out Boy had it down tight they sounded good, not only that But vocalist Patrick Stump was dead on sounding like Steve Perry. Now even though I’m still not a fan of the Boy, but I give them their props they closed their set out in killer style.

I made my way back up to the stage to do my photos of Blink 182, a curtain had been put up in front of the stage so as we waited the lights went dark stage lights went up and curtain fell as Blink 182 hit the opening riffs of “What’s My Age Again” as I got set to start taking pictures I soon realized something. Blink 182 is one of the hardest bands to get photos of. Both Tom Delong and Mark Hoppus  were literality running back and forth across the stage switching off on vocals and mics.

After I got back to my seat, I could fully enjoy the band, They really seemed excited to be playing together again and the interaction and Energy between Tom, Mark and Travis was * . Their set even though close to an hour and half seem to fly by as they hit on song after song of fan favorites such as “Carousel” , “All the Small Things”, “Adam’s Song” and “Rock Show”

As they walked off stage the curtain went back up, and I knew an encore would be coming, due to the fact that I had heard on radio and online about Travis Barker doing this insane Drum Solo. So as the lights went down again the curtain fell and there is Travis Barker Strapped on to his drum kit. As he starts drumming his kits lifts off the ground and floats about 20ft in the air. Now if that wasn’t enough Barker began to sway from side to side of the stage and at the same time his drum kit is spinning a full 360.

Even with all that going on I still took notice of how bad ass Travis Barker is on the drums, I had seen him perform before with his other band +44 ( along with Mark Hoppus ) and even then Travis was a monster on the drums. After Barkers drum solo Tom and Mark came back on stage to close out the night with the song “Dammit” which was a great end to the night and as the song ended the blew up two huge air cannons that covered the entire seated area of the woodlands in confetti.

It’s been said that Blink 182 are working on new music for an album to come out sometime next year, I can only hope the guys get it out and hit the road again and make it back to Houston, If you missed tonight’s show you too should be hoping and praying to the rock gods that you get another shot at seeing the guys before they end up breaking up again.