Yes, Blink-182 played its latest single, "Adam's Song"-- reportedly the tune to which a Columbine High School athlete hanged himself earlier this month--during its sold-out show Friday at the Great Western Forum. But despite the Southern California bubble-gum punk trio's teen-endearing, parent-annoying sense of blatantly offensive humor, they weren't nearly degenerate enough to joke about or even mention the tragic event.
All they said was something about how you might want to hold your date's hand. Then, bassist Mark Hoppus crooned the plaintive opening line ("I never thought I'd die alone").
With its unmitigated emotional intensity and slightly slower tempo, the song is something of a Blink anomaly. Yet it was the 70- minute set's most stirring example of how well songwriters Hoppus, 28, and singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge, 24, still understand the adolescent loser-freak mind-set.