IT may have taken them a year to finally fulfil their engagement in Sheffield but there’ll be few grumbles after this display from the pop-punk giants.
The original 2011 tour was postponed so Tom DeLange, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus could complete Neighbourhoods, their post-reunion album, and slightly darker firepower for a show with the energy of Aintree on National day.
That began with openers Twin Atlantic and the mesmerising All-American Rejects. Frontman Tyson Ritter, like Jagger after too many Haribo, is a mischievous, falling over, uber-confident ball of security-baiting energy who cannot fail to fire up a crowd – even those simply waiting for sweet and sour biggest hit Gives You Hell.
Inevitably, he couldn’t compete with Blink, the first band he saw as a kid and an experience being repeated around this venue judging by the youngest faces.
Absence makes the cheers grow louder and opener Feeling This was a match on kerosene for three blokes who, in spite of being at it 20 years, maintain a frantic pace on a 22-song setlist, easing for I Miss You but largely going hell for leather until an acoustic encore on a tiny central stage with Reckless Abandon and dreary Robert Smith collaboration All Of This.
Thankfully normal service resumed with a Travis solo workout and a hat-trick of raucous ear candy that concluded with the wonderfully immature Family Reunion.
With enough use of the F word to make Gordon Ramsay blush and these toughened eardrums still ringing a day on, this was one to savour for a while.