Apparently Charlie Baker is a Blink-182 fan
What’s his age again?
Fresh off his reelection to a second term in office, Governor Charlie Baker is off to Las Vegas this weekend to catch a performance by a popular pop-punk group, according to his staff.
“Departing this morning and returning Monday, the Governor is travelling to Las Vegas with his family to attend a concert of one of his favorite bands, Blink-182,” a spokeswoman from Baker’s office confirmed in an e-mail.
Blink-182 is currently enjoying a residency at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort, a venue that boasts 2,500 seats and 18 private boxes.
“The Grammy nominated trio bring their high-energy rock show to the world-famous and newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater,” a website for the band’s residency says, “playing a mix of their generation-defining classics and all of their latest hits.”
The band is scheduled to perform shows on Friday and Saturday night. It was unclear which show Baker and his family would be attending, however. A spokeswoman from Baker’s office did not reply to follow-up e-mails about the trip.
Perhaps the trek across the country to take in some tunes by the three-member band shouldn’t come as a surprise, as State House News reporter Matthew Murphy first noted.
In his victory speech at the Hynes Convention Center Tuesday night, the Republican governor told supporters he plans to “let it rock!” for the next four years on Beacon Hill.
On his official Facebook page, Baker lists Blink-182 as one of his favorite groups in the “About” section — right up there with “loud bands from the ’70s and ’80s.”
Boston magazine tracked some of Baker’s music preferences based on Facebook “likes” a few years ago. That list included Dropkick Murphys and Green Day.
According to the Boston Herald, in 2015, Baker mentioned the group during an emotional moment at an event in Gloucester honoring military personnel.
While delivering “a largely unscripted speech,” the Herald reported, Baker recalled attending a Blink-182 concert in Mansfield with his children. During the show, a band member pointed out a “guy here in uniform” in the crowd and asked the man to stand up, the report said.
“The guy stood up and the band member looked out at him and he said, ‘I just want to tell you how much we appreciate what you and all your brothers and your sisters are doing for our country,’ ” Baker said. “The place went nuts.”