Blink 182 Concert recap

Matt Skiba, Me, Travis Barker, Natalie, Mark Hoppus.


For those of you wondering how things went for the Blink 182 concert my daughter and I attended Thursday, it was, in a word, AMAZING. My 16 year old, Natalie loves Mark Hoppus. She is a bass player herself and can appreciate his badassery.

I actually forked over the extra money for the VIP experience and it was worth every penny. We got to go to the sound check, which I had totally forgotten was included. That was really fun. Travis Barker let a kid from the audience play his drums and the kid was killing it. I talked to his mom after and she said he started lessons when he was 2 so I think I’ll be looking for a drum set and lessons for my 2 year old son in the next couple weeks. Travis’s kids were running around and his daughter seems like a really sweet kid. She reminds me a lot of my 9 year old.


Matt Skiba during sound check

Mark Hoppus during sound check



After the sound check, we did the meet and greet and got our picture taken. I was a nervous wreck and true to my dork nature, instead of saying something cool when I met them, I told Travis about having posted my review of his book Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums. He seemed genuinely appreciative that someone read it lol.


Natalie and I ended up right up front during the show. We saw them back in August when they came to Tampa, and this show was just as good. We chatted with the security guard guys while we waited for the show to start and they were all really nice. One even brought me a bottle of water lol.


During the encore, Travis Barker’s son played a set as well as the kid who played during the sound check. That kid is going places. He looked to be in about 7th or 8th grade and was pretty cool. He wasn’t one of those asshole¬†kids you meet lol.


At the end of the show, Natalie actually got one of Matt Skiba’s guitar picks. I thought that was pretty cool. Matt was really cool by the way. He was a lot friendlier than I expected. I actually didn’t know what to expect, but I guess I mistakenly assumed he would be somewhat dickish lol. His pants he wore during the show totally made me think of Beetlejuice though.

Matt’s Beetlejuice pants

Overall, we had an amazing night my daughter and I will never forget. She’s 16 so I don’t know how many more opportunities like this I will have with her, so I’m glad I took advantage of it now while I still can.



I’d include some of the videos I took, buuuuuut after all this time, I still have no idea how to upload them, so if some do appear, it’s all thanks to Andi’s more advanced abilities.


This is the confetti I ended up with in my car. It was all nicely contained in one area until my husband decided to drive with all of the windows down specifically to make more of a mess for me to clean up. Thanks, dick.

The aftermath in my car

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