With all the talk last week about Tom DeLonge rejoining bLink-182, let us not forget Matt Skiba’s original band, Alkaline Trio, has an upcoming show at the House of Blues, Anaheim. While Skiba never left his full-time position as guitarist and co-lead singer of Alkaline Trio, unless you live underneath a rock you probably know he filled in as the third member of bLink-182 from 2015 until just recently.
With DeLonge’s return, Skiba can now focus his attention fully on Alkaline Trio. With a legion of diehard fans and over a quarter century making music, many are excited about what lies ahead for them. The Chicago band, rounded out by bassist and co-lead singer Dan Andriano, and drummer Derek Grant, have quite the October planned.
They currently have five shows left for the rest of the year. This Friday they will be playing the Majestic Ventura Theater and then they pack their bags and head to Vegas for the first of three of the inaugural When We Were Young Festival shows. The lineup was originally announced at the start of this year as a one-day event, but later revealed as a reoccurring event the next day and the following Saturday night, with the same lineup of bands all at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Alkaline Trio will be playing amongst My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and Avril Lavigne.
In the midst of all that excitement, the punk rock band will return to SoCal to play the Anaheim House of Blues on October 27th, and will bring along Danish rockabilly band, Horrorpops.
The band is headed by husband and wife duo, Patricia Day on upright bass and vocals and Kim Nekroman (of Nekromantix) on guitar. Horrorpops announced in March of this year that Day was battling cancer with a GoFundMe to help pay for her medical bills. True to their word and demonstrating what a badass Day is, the band is continuing with their planned dates, including this opening slot.
Alkaline Trio has always remained a band that represented darker lyrics, themes and the macabre. The heavy influence of the Misfits is quite apparent with songs like “Mr. Chainsaw,” “Armageddon,” and “Calling All Skeletons.”
It was no surprise when they announced they would be playing this show so close to Halloween, as they often do. In fact, Trio recorded a live concert for Kung Fu Records’ “The Show Must Go Off” DVD series entitled, “Halloween at the Metro.” The concert was filmed in their hometown of Chicago at the legendary venue as the three played their show dressed as zombie priests.
October 27, 2022
One of the best things about seeing Alkaline Trio is you never know what songs are going to grace the set list. They are definitely a band who enjoys delving into their entire catalogue and bringing our deep cuts for their biggest fans. This will certainly be no different as they have their nine full-length albums worth of songs to choose from.