Confession time: although I live in them now and did for most of my teenage years, the very first band t-shirt I ever bought was a Blink 182 shirt. It was black, with blue and white graphics of the rabbit on it, and I wore it all the time over a long sleeved white t-shirt with a backwards baseball cap because I genuinely thought Tom Delonge was an absolute bloody fashion icon.
To conclude, Blink 182 were an absolutely pivotal band in my teenage years. They were, by miles, my gateway band. I listened to every band they said had influenced them, every band who toured with them, every band who they had a link with, to the point that they were personally responsible for at least like 40% of my iPod. And yet I’ve never actually seen them live! They’re actually one of the last bands left on my music bucket list, and I got to tick this off this weekend.