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Blink-182 Keeps Things Explicit at Spectrum Center

Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center in front of a background that just says Fuck Blink-182 many times over
Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center on July 14. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Only a band like Blink-182 would put George Carlin’s seven dirty words in a song as lyrics. They also added a few on to it. Just two songs in to their Charlotte concert at Spectrum Center, the reunited trio broke out into “Family Reunion” which includes the lyrics, “Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits, fart, turd and twat.” Four times. If you were looking for a family friendly show, this wasn’t it.

Blink-182 has always been a bit juvenile with their humor and that side shone through during the band’s set. There were mom jokes and name-calling and generally lewd banter throughout the night. It was the music, however, that was the true focus of attention as the band is currently on tour after eight years apart.

Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center
Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center on July 14. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Perhaps one could complain that they’re playing the same setlist every night, but for fans, they’re just glad the band is back together (especially after a cancer scare for bassist Mark Hoppus).

The night started with a short set from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s son, Landon, who was followed by punk outfit Turnstile who brought the energy (and a bit of screaming) to the stage for a thunderous set.

Landon Barker performs at Spectrum Center
Landon Barker performs at Spectrum Center. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Blink-182 Setlist
Anthem Part Two
The Rock Show
Family Reunion
Man Overboard
Feeling This
Reckless Abandon
Up All Night
Dysentery Gary
Aliens Exist
Happy Holidays, You Bastard
Stay Together for the Kids
Bored To Death
I Miss You
Adam’s Song
Ghost on the Dance Floor
What’s My Age Again?
First Date
All the Small Things

Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center in front of a backdrop that includes graphics of a middle finger and a condom
Blink-182 performs at Spectrum Center on July 14. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Turnstile Setlist
Underwater Boi
Don’t Play
I Don’t Wanna Be Blind
Big Smile
Alien Love Call

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