Video Of Blink-182's First Show With Matt Skiba Goes Online
. (Radio.com) Blink-182 performed their first show in front of live audience last night with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba filling in for Tom DeLonge. "Meet your new mommy," Mark Hoppus said to the audience as he pointed at Skiba.
The normally brooding Alkaline Trio singer appeared to be very in-the-moment, smiling and playing off both Hoppus and Barker. And when it came time to sing lead vocals, Skiba delivered DeLonge's lines with relative ease, with a delivery similar enough to DeLonge's to keep the songs from sounding jarringly different yet with enough of his own personality injected to let the audience know he wasn't trying to be DeLonge.
Absent was the funny back-and-forth between the co-frontmen that fans are accustomed. But Hoppus made sure to deliver up a healthy does of potty humor leading sing-alongs for both "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" and, well, the other song that can't be described without being completely censored. You know the one. It's the one written to upset your mom.
Being the first show with Skiba, no professional video was permitted at the show, however, there was no shortage of fans holding their phones above their heads. The confetti cannons at the end made for a colorful finale to a pretty special evening. Enjoy some samples and the full setlist here.
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