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2 OUT OF 3 BANDS AGREEABLE.

Byline: Michelle J. Mills Staff Writer

THE MOST UNUSUAL sight during Saturday's loud-as-it-wants-to-be Pop Disaster Tour (featuring Green Day, Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World) wasn't the moshing of the crowd or the on-stage pyrotechnics at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.

It was the overabundance of families in the audience. Mixing with the usual assortment of concertgoers - young girls in hip-hugging jeans and tiny T-shirts, a couple of men in sport coats and even a few hippies - there were moms, dads and kids, looking like they were on an outing to Disneyland.

Jimmy Eat World opened the show (which makes its final Southland stop at the Forum tonight) with its catchy hit ``Bleed American'' and smoothly slid into its alternative standard groove, ``Lucky Denver Mint.'' The scrim behind the band harked to its members' Mesa, Ariz., home, depicting a desert scene that turned from afternoon browns to sunset oranges and deep blue night, in perfect time with the real setting sun.

The group's harmonies and musicianship show why Jimmy Eat World garnered two major-label releases before its members turned 21 years old.

The audience was receptive but low-key until hearing the splashy strains of ``Sweetness,'' which got many out of their seats to dance. Also nicely done was ``The Middle,'' an encouraging tune about having the patience to find yourself.

Encores left wanting, the Jimmy Eat World desert scene was replaced by the ``Pop Disaster Tour'' logo, a comic-book-style skull and crossbones on a field of black. With a flourish of pyrotechnics, Green Day blasted the crowd with ``Maria,'' but their excitement wasn't enough for vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. He stopped the band and demanded that the crowd form a mosh pit at the front of the stage. Only then did they launch into their high-energy set, peppered with the hits ``Welcome to Paradise,'' ``When I Come Around,'' ``Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)'' and a spirited cover of ``Shout.''

The highlight of the evening was when Green Day called up volunteers from the audience to take over guitar, bass and drums for a number. The three ecstatic fans did a fair job and the crowd cheered on their efforts.

Simple red curtains set the tone for Blink-182, which should have come with its own parental advisory warning. Those smiles of the previously charmed families quickly turned to looks of shock as the band spat a steady outpouring of expletives and X-rated references that ranged from drugs and prostitution to incest. Blink managed to offend just about everyone except for its hard-core fans.

To be fair, bands often use some coarseness in their acts, but Blink went over the top. Before the fourth song in the set, the audience had dwindled to slightly more than half.

Despite the promising selection of music, cool lighting and an even cooler drum solo by Travis Barker (who wound up suspended over the crowd), much of Blink's music sounded pretty much the same from song to song with unintelligible lyrics.

POP DISASTER TOUR - Two and one half stars

What: Blink-182, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World.

Where: The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets: Only limited seating remains; call (213) 480-3232 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong - after the mosh pit formed.

Diandra Jay/Staff Photographer
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