Pokémon is cool again and Blink-182 just released an album. You would think we just went back a decade.
The lyrics that provided MySpace statuses and photo captions came to life in the Xcel Energy Center last night for millennials reliving their teenage years, as three pop-punk bands that reigned in the 2000s took turns on the stage. Not only were the kids now in their upper 20s and low 30s wondering “what’s my age again?” but they were also left wondering “what year is it again?” The last decade clashed with the current, as checkered Vans slip-on sneakers, spiked hair, and an array of pop-punk band T-shirts blended with modern music festival garb like high-waisted shorts and half-ponies.
After All-American Rejects and A Day To Remember opened, Blink-182 put on a (literally) explosive show with fireworks to accompany their beloved classics and provide that nostalgia the audience was craving. Kris Brantner and Mike Jablonske, attendees who are both 29, recalled their first Blink-182 show at Target Center when they were on tour with Green Day in 2002. Both have remained fans throughout the years, which is why they made the trek to see them again last night.
Though Blink-182 has changed, they were the same at the same moment. Stretches of their beloved songs were broken up with an occasional song from their latest album, California, to remind everyone that it is, in fact, 2016. But being in their 40s did not prevent them from playing their time-honored songs with just as much angst as they did years ago. Pop-punk may not be viewed as popular today, but the fans gathered to show their loyalty never disappeared when the trend did.
Last night was a sentimental moment for the millennials in attendance. They reminisced, sang along, crowd-surfed, and stayed out late on a school night (as they’re now allowed to do). It was as if they were there to say: “we may be older now, but we’re still teenagers at heart.”