Setlist History: blink-182 Debuts Two Classics on an Aussie Farm

Blink-182 in April of 1999 were like a rocket with smoke forming around its base rattling the Earth while being watched as it began liftoff.

Why was it happening then? Great new songs and the newest member of the band, the hyperactive drummer Travis Barker.

Formerly of the Aquabats, Barker had been playing with bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom Delonge for about a year when they went into the studio to record Enema of the State which would drop in June '99 and in six months go triple platinum.

The first show would be Easter Weekend at a rock/surf festival on a farm near the ocean in Torquay, Victoria, Australia.

Blink were the headliners of the Saturday line-up of Offshore '99 that included skatepunkers Guttermouth and the Aussie ska band Area 7.

In retrospect it makes total sense to try out their new songs on the other side of the globe from San Diego, California, in front of an audience who had trekked to the resort town, knocked back more than a few beverages and would be more than receptive to hear some unfamiliar melodies.

It helped that the songs being debuted would be "What's My Age Again?," and "All the Small Things," the second- and third-most performed songs by the trio since that night down unda. ("Dammit" is the most performed tune of theirs.)

The set would also include live debuts of "Anthem," "Going Away to College" and "Don't Leave Me," alongside previous hits like "Josie" and "Family Reunion."

With the new songs, flashy new drummer, and a new LP that what would be deemed the Pop Punk 101, that kickoff performance was a slam dunk.

Two weeks later the band would be back in the States, first taping a special feature with ESPN, and then performing in a litany of festivals with creative names like Shredfest, Parkfest, Edgefest, and Xfest.

Unlike Offshore, these venues captured the band on video. So above you can see how tight the band had become around the time Enema dropped when they topped the bill with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Northern California.

Soon after Offshore, when the boys returned to the US, they made a stop in Los Angeles to shoot their "What's My Age Again" video with director Marcos Siega and adult film legend Janine Lindemulder.

Filmed around various locations on 3rd St. in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of LA, the camera follows the boys as they run around the tony street au natural. Or were they?

Photo by Piper Ferguson who in November published a book of her best rock photos called Indie,Seen.

"[The] scene with the butt shots, when we were running down the street, were actually the only real nude scenes," Hoppus explained told NYRock.com.

"We wore skin-colored Speedos for most of the scenes and when we were running, I realized how unattractive male genitals are. Everything dangling and such. I didn't think I could be embarrassed easily, but I really was."

Blink play a trio of shows in Mexico starting esta noche. Then they take about six weeks off and head off on the One More Time Tour 2024 with Pierce The Veil starting in June in Florida.

Through the summer they will be rocking out in baseball, football and basketball arenas in the US, ending it all at the beautiful domed Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Tickets will not be easy to find, so if you can nab them, nab them via the band's website.

June 2024
20 Orlando, FL – Amway Center*
21 Miami, FL – Kaseya Center*
24 San Antonio, TX – Frost Bank Center*
25 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena*
27 Denver, CO — Ball Arena*
30 San Diego, CA – Petco Park*

July 2024
2 Glendale, AZ – Desert Diamond Arena*
3 Las Vegas, NV – T‑Mobile Arena*
6 Los Angeles, CA — SoFi Stadium*
8 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center*
9 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center*
11 Salt Lake City, UT – Delta Center*
13 Portland, OR – Moda Center*
14 Quincy, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre*
21 Flushing, NY – Citi Field*
23 Boston, MA – Fenway Park*
24 Hartford, CT — The XFINITY Theatre*
26 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center*
27 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena*
29 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
30 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena*

August 2024
1 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena*
2 Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse*
6 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center*
7 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum*
9 Kansas City, MO – T‑Mobile Center*
10 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center*
12 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*
13 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center*
15 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre+

* = support from Pierce The Veil
+ = support from Alexisonfire and Pierce The Veil

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Last updated: 29 May 2024, 23:48 Etc/UTC