July 29, 2001: Close to 7,000 people spent the night with the music of Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker at Montage Mountain.
Blink-182 appeared at the Coors Light Amphitheater in support of its latest album, “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.” The punk trio took to the stage following opening acts New Found Glory and Body Jar, starting its 90-minute set with its recent hit, “Rock Show.” The band followed that with “Dumpweed” and “M+M’s. ”
As some audience members crowd surfed or joined in the mosh pit, Blink-182 continued with hits such as “What’s My Age Again?,” “All the Small Things,” and “Adam’s Song.”
The band returned to Montage Mountain a few times over the years, next appearing in May 2004 with opening act Taking Back Sunday. This show featured a new way for concertgoers to get up to Montage: the Electric City Express. The free bus ride to the venue was sponsored by the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County, Electric City, Rock 107 and Clear Channel Entertainment. Guests could board the bus at various locations throughout downtown Scranton to avoid the traffic coming and going at the concert.
Blink-182 returned 12 years later in August 2016 with bands A Day to Remember and All Time Low. This appearance featured its new vocalist and guitarist, Matt Skiba, who replaced longtime guitar player and vocalist DeLonge.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast