This past weekend was my last before school started up again, and summer definitely went out with a bang! A friend of mine surprised me with pit tickets to the Blink-182 show at Hershey Stadium and certainly a night to remember.
Before the festivities began, DJ Spider warmed up the crowd with some songs and remixes, setting the stage for the party that was about to ensue.
First up was All Time Low, the band from my home state that never ceases to make me proud. During their set, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 walked across the stage wearing a long, blonde wig, earning a smattering of laughter. Later in the set, guitarist Jack Barakat walked and played right through the crowd where I was standing and brushed against me (definitely a fan-girl moment if I’ve ever had one!). Despite technical difficulties that prevented them from playing their song “Missing You,” the set was fantastic.
Next, A Day to Remember took the stage, opening with “The Downfall of Us All” and kicking beach balls out into the crowd. The crowd was very energetic and the band did a great job of keeping it that way. They had both a creative and interactive set that included streamer cannons, toilet paper rolls and free t-shirts, which were all shot into the crowd. To make things even more interesting, frontman Jeremy McKinnon climbed into a giant blow-up hamster ball so he could crowdsurf over the pit. I didn’t think it was possible for them to top the first time I had seen them live, yet somehow they managed it.
Finally, Blink-182 came on and their set was literally on fire! As they played their opener, a big sign behind them spelling out the word “FUCK” went up in flames. In addition, they used other pyro effects including actual fireworks. They played a combination of their hit songs and songs off their latest record, “California.”
All in all, I can easily say this was one of the best concerts I have ever been to.