ATLANTIC CITY - Music fans could call Saturday night's sold-out show with Blink-182 and Asher Roth in front of more than 2,000 fans Revenge of the Smart Alecks at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
San Diego-based Blink-182 rode their bratty, profanity-laced lyrics mixed with pop-punk to two multiplatinum albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Opening act Roth, a 24-year-old rapper from Bucks County, Pa., used his suburban tales of sex, marijuana and partying to reach No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart with his debut full-length CD, "Asleep in the Bread Aisle," in April.
The playful, frat rockers were warmly greeted by the crowd when they took the stage.
"This is super-duper fun for us. Thanks for coming out tonight. We're going to lock the door, so you can't leave," said vocalist and bassist Mark Hoppus, who then added something about taking off his clothes and squeezing through the crowd naked.
At one point, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge turned his back toward the crowd and shook his butt.
Anyone who liked Blink-182's CDs would appreciate their live show. They are very energetic on stage, and they did justice to their pop-punk songs.
Drummer Travis Barker, arguably the best known member of the group after doing a reality TV show, is an amazing rock drummer who is perpetually in motion behind his kit. He wore a backward baseball cap and no shirt, so the audience could see his tattoo-covered upper torso.
The crowd sang along on the chorus of the song "Feeling This," and they had their hands in the air for "The Rock Show."
Blink-182 almost never made it here.
During the group's first 13 years of existence, it had never played in an Atlantic City casino. The trio took an indefinite hiatus in 2005.
Barker survived a plane crash that left him severely injured and that killed two former Blink-182 associates last year. Without the crash, the reunion may not have ever happened. This is the band's first tour since the breakup. They have not issued a new studio CD since 2003.
Five shows away from the end of their tour, they made their casino debut in the Event Center.
During Roth's time on stage, he showed he had more talent than his debut single, "I Love College," which hit No. 12 on the Hot 100 pop chart earlier this year, reveals.
Roth has been compared with Eminem because they have similar inflections, and they are both white in the predominantly black hip-hop world.
Roth, who also made his Atlantic City debut with his performance, even wrote a rap about the comparisons that appears on his debut release, titled "As I Em," but he has more energy on stage than Eminem. He was backed up by a hype man, a DJ and a live drummer, which only increased the hardness of his beats.
"We have been coming to Atlantic City since we were 16 trying to gamble," Roth said from the stage.
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