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Monday, August 31, 2009

9/2: Blink-182 at Blossom

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Used to be that bands from the ’70s and ’80s were the ones cashing in with reunion tours. But it’s gotten to the point where ’90s groups like Stone Temple Pilots and No Doubt are getting back together for some quick cash. You can add Blink-182, who have been on hiatus since 2005, to that list. The San Diego trio went out in a blaze of glory with 2003’s eponymous record — an album that proved Blink could write songs about things other than masturbation. Still, it’s no American Idiot, and it wasn’t long before the guys started devoting their time to side projects. Singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge headed up Angels and Airwaves, a heady, more atmospheric group; singer-bassist Mark Hoppus formed the snotty +44 with drummer Travis Barker and established himself as an in-demand producer. Blink put aside their differences earlier this year and headed back to the studio to begin work on a new album. Its release has been delayed and the group hasn’t been playing any of the new tunes in concert, so you can expect to hear a greatest-hits set. They’ve enlisted another ’90s fave, on-again/off-again alt-rock heroes Weezer, to open the show alongside Taking Back Sunday and Chester French. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Blossom (1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216.241.5555). Tickets: $20-$69. — Jeff Niesel

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