Lil Wayne, Blink-182 Take Saratoga Performing Arts Center
(Writer: Courtney Guttenberg)
Last night, Lil Wayne and Blink-182 played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in a mixed bill show that highlighted some of the biggest hits and deep cuts from both artists. Opener Neck Deep, Welsh pop-punk band, played a short set to kick off the night.
Lil Wayne’s set ranged from deep, mixtape cuts to tracks off his newest and highly anticipated release, Tha Carter V. Wayne praised the crowd continuously, reminding them that without them, he would not be successful. Wayne’s set included “BedRock”, “A Milli”, “Steady Mobbin’” and more crowd favorites. He also played songs off of No Ceilings Part 2, Da Drought 3 and verses off of songs he was featured on (Chance Tha Rapper’s “No Problems” and Drake’s “The Motto”, to name a couple). He closed with “Uproar”, his biggest single off of Tha Carter V.
Blink-182 took the stage as the headlining band, playing all of their 1999 hit album, Enema of the State. The tour all three artists are on celebrates the 20 year anniversary of EOTS. Blink started the performance with a sound clip from cult classic Pulp Fiction, directly into the album’s opening track, “Dumpweed”. In addition to playing hits such as “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things”, Blink played much more than just EOTS, including acoustic versions of their untitled album’s “Down” and Cheshire Cat’s “Wasting Time”.
The crowd was an eclectic group of people, ranging in all ages. A sea of both Lil Wayne and Blink-182 shirts, light-up cowboy hats and patrons enjoying the show filled the lawn. Both Wayne and Blink have been at SPAC multiple times in previous years.