Band draws celebratory visitor

Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker celebrated his reelection last week by traveling to Nevada to see Blink-182 at Las Vegas’s Palms Casino Resort with his family.

Massachusetts politicians are noted for their music preferences. After Prince’s death, then-governor William Weld arranged for the Zikim Bridge to be lit in purple. Weld also wrote a Boston Globe obituary for Jerry Garcia. When Weld lost a U.S. Senate race to John Kerry, Kerry said in his victory statement, “What a long, strange trip this has been,” as a nod to Weld’s devotion to the Dead.

Incidentally, Blink-182 has just issued a new T-shirt with the proceeds from sales going to victims of the California fires. The band has been doing weekend dates at the Palms since May.