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Blink-182 Struggles Through Concert After DJ AM Death

Blink-182 and Travis Barker struggled through their concert Saturday night in Hartford, Conn., after the death of DJ AM.

"This night is really hard for us on stage," bassist Mark Hoppus said.

"We lost a dear friend yesterday. His name was Adam Goldstein. You probably know him as DJ AM. He was an innovator and a genius and he loved music more than anything else. Above all he was a dear friend."

During the concert, the group asked the crowd for a moment of silence to honor their "dear friend Adam."

As the lights dimmed, audience members raised their lighters above their heads. Fans also yelled out, "I love you guys," as members of the group began to cry.

A song in Goldstein's honor followed.

"This song is called 'Down.' and it goes something like this," said Hoppus. As guitarist Tom DeLonge delivered the lyric "I need you so bad," tears rolled down the cheeks of all three members of Blink-182.

"We are doing our very best to get through this show," said Hoppus, "but right now it's very hard."

When the concert was over, Hoppus returned to the stage and told the audience, "Thank you very much. Although today is one of the hardest days in our entire lives, we wouldn't want to spend it anywhere else. Thank you for all of your support."

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