WATCH: Tom DeLonge Sings 'Dammit' In Unearthed Aussie Footage From 1997

7 June 2024 | 11:12 am | Mary Varvaris

The performance took place at the now-closed Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle.

Blink-182 @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Blink-182 @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (Source: YouTube)

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Footage of Tom DeLonge singing lead on the blink-182 classic Dammit in Australia has surfaced on YouTube, and it’s a video you need in your life.

An hour-long concert uploaded from an old VHS camcorder shows the American pop-punk outfit performing at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle in 1997. According to people in the comments and the blink-182 fan-led website, blink-182 timeline, the band was supported by Aussie legends The Living End on their Apple Shampoo tour.

17 minutes into the gig, DeLonge performed in the lead for Dammit, a surprising moment for those in the audience and for us watching the unearthed footage on YouTube.

Other highlights of the concert included blink-182 opening the show with I’m Sorry, as well as performances of Untitled, Carousel, M&M’s, and Lemmings. You can watch the full video below.

Blink-182 returned to Australia for a 15-date arena and stadium tour earlier this year in support of their latest album, One More Time…

One More Time… was the band’s first album starring their most famous line-up – lead vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge – in twelve years. The Australian tour also marked their first dates down under in eleven years.

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The first of 15 shows was a raging success, with The Music reviewer Michael Hollick declaring, “blink-182’s performance was a time capsule, providing both longtime and newer fans a chance to relive the days when baggy jeans, chains, and dyed spikes were the epitome of cool. The band may have grown older, but their music remains forever young.”

You can read the review here.

Back in 2022, it was revealed that the Cambridge Hotel would be shutting its doors to live music once its lease expired last June, with developers eying it for inner-city student accommodation.

At the time, the team behind the beloved space said they would be “looking at all options” to ensure “the live music scene is still supported”.

Last March, organisers announced an epic three-day street party to send off the Cambridge Hotel that would “pay homage to the huge roster of artists that have stormed the gates of The Cambo since it opened in 1958”.

You can check out The Music’s photo gallery from the farewell here.