Blink-182 Play Secret Show at Denny’s, Live Up to the Classic Meme
And while the limited gig fresh on the heels of blink's When We Were Young 2023 sets this past weekend was technically a secret, it had been teased by the band — indeed, by asking, "What the fuck is up?" — during the Oct. 21–22 festival and online.
See footage from blink-182's Denny's show below.
"blink 182 played in a denny's in long beach tonight," one attendee said on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter. They added, "i genuinely cannot believe i typed those words lmao."
As shown by another attendee in a post on Thursday, blink-182 were evidently also selling official blink T-shirts emblazoned with the "What the Fuck Is Up Denny's?" slogan on the back.
But do you know where the "What the Fuck Is Up Denny's" meme originally came from?
"Denny's Grand Slam" Origin
The exhortation was shouted by the lead vocalist before inducing a circle pit. Several bands have attempted to replicate it, now most notably blink-182, who last year reunited with their formerly estranged guitarist and vocalist, Tom DeLonge.
Blink-182 Denny's Music Video
A Reddit source reported blink-182 were using their Denny's visit to shoot a music video for the song "Anthem Part 3" from their new album One More Time…, which was released Oct. 20. According to info at Setlist.fm, it was the sole song blink played at the secret gig.
Another fan video from the surprise blink-182 Denny's event shows DeLonge giving direction to a child actor, lending further credence to the band making a video there.
Blink-182 Play Denny's - Oct. 26, 2023
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