Blink-182 announce mini headlining fall tour

UPDATE (JULY 30) – A week after announcing a two-week, mini tour for September, Blink-182 have added two more bands to the lineup. On Monday (July 30), the California band announced that Seaway and American Authors will perform at selected stops. Canadian band Seaway will play alongside Blink (and State Champs) on Sept. 18 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario while New York-based quartet American Authors will play on Sept. 25 at Harrah’s Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The update tour itinerary can be seen below.


ORIGINAL (JULY 23, 2018) – For Blink-182, the past month has been an eventful one for the trio. With their much-anticipated Las Vegas residency being re-scheduled due to drummer Travis Barker’s health concerns, their latest announcement is a bit of a head-scratcher. On Monday (July 23), the California-founded band announced plans to hit the North American touring circuit during the month of September.

The short headlining gig will begin on Sept. 12 at Bluestem Meadow in Moorhead, Minnesota and conclude two weeks later on Sept. 25 at Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa. State Champs will open for Blink-182 during the full eight-stop excursion.

“Stoked to head out for this little run. Tickets on sale Friday at blink182.com,” the band posted on Twitter.

Tickets for the forthcoming tour will go on sale this Friday, July 27, on the band’s website.

Following the short trek, the group will resume their “Kings of the Weekend” Las Vegas residency in October and November. The rescheduled tour dates can be found here.

The upcoming tour dates come a month after Blink-182 was forced to reschedule the June dates of their Vegas show due to Barker’s health concerns. At the time, the band assured fans that Barker would be re-evaluated by doctors at the beginning of July only for the musician to be involved in a car accident with a school bus soon after.

As for current guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Skiba, his other band, Alkaline Trio, recently announced a tour which inserting enough leaves the month of September completely vacant.

Check out Blink-182’s September our itinerary below.

BLINK-182 SEPTEMBER 2018 TOUR DATES:

Sept. 12 – Moorhead, Minn. – Bluestem Meadow
Sept. 14 – Chicago, Ill. – Riot Fest*
Sept. 15 – Columbus, Ohio – Express Live
Sept. 17 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – 20 Monroe Live
Sept. 18 – Windsor, Ontario – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#
Sept. 20 – Uncasville, Ct. – Mohegan Sun Arena*
Sept. 21 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Hard Rock
Sept. 22 – Bethlehem, Pa. – Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
Sept. 24 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – U.S. Cellular Arena
Sept. 25 – Council Bluffs, Iowa – Harrah’s Stir Cove^

* no State Champs

# with Seaway

^ with American Authors

Travis Barker Confirms New Blink-182 Album

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Is that new Blink-182 album closer than we originally thought? If we’re going by what drummer Travis Barker posted on Instagram, then the answer is “yes.” On Monday (Dec. 7), the drummer posted an image of himself playing drums for Antemasque, the Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala’s new band.

Apparently, an Insatgram user who goes by the handle blink182crew, asked Barker in the comments section what his plans for the new year were. As it turns out, his 2016 will include a lot of new music. Antemasque will be releasing their debut album, Transplants will be releasing two EPs, and lastly that long-awaited blink-182 record will be coming out. Though, this seems to only mirror what he had hinted at a few months back, it’s nice to know that it’s actually happening unlike the last time. Check out Barker’s Instagram post as well as a snapshot of the confirmation below.

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Back in July, Mark Hoppus had confirmed what fans had assumed would happen for some time; that Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba would be replacing Tom DeLonge. Then in October, Barker confirmed that the trio had been in the studio recording new music and that they even had a couple of tracks already completed.

“Matt’s killing it,” Barker told NME at the time. He’s fun to play with and write with. We’re just getting started, but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with.”

As of now, we’ve only gotten a confirmation of the new record. Since that’s all they’ve given fans, there’s no talk of a title nor a projected release date. It’s also a good time to point out that they will be performing at next summer’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, so maybe a summer release is in the cards?

New Blink-182 Album to Feature Matt Skiba?

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Could a new Blink-182 album be coming our way sooner than we thought?

Maybe.

During an interview with Alternative Nation, Alkaline Trio frontman and current guitar fill-in for Blink, Matt Skiba had been asked about the possibility of him joining the band permanently and even recording a new album with them.

“It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about 15 years and we’ve become good friends,” said Skiba.

“Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark [Hoppus] and Travis [Barker] is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”

Skiba joined the pop-punk band a few month ago after inner band turmoil reached an all time high with founding member Tom DeLonge leaving or being kicked out, depending on which story you believe, of the band.

Since DeLonge’s departure, Skiba has been filling in for all the gigs the band had previously schedule. But don’ think this is the end of Alkaline Trio. The band is slated to tour the country this Spring beginning today (April 24) at the Summit Music Hall in Denver.

Skiba’s sentiments about joining and recording an album with the remaining members of Blink-182 mirror those of drummer Travis Barker who said in an interview, “If we did make an album with Skiba, it would be unreal.”

Until then, we’ll just wait and see.

Watch Blink-182 Perform Live with Matt Skiba

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With all the drama surrounding Blink-182 over the past month, it’s kind of surprise that the group have decided to forge on by replacing founding member Tom DeLonge with a new singer; but what are you going to do when there are contractually obligated shows you need to perform at?

Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and now-singer Matt Skiba, made their debut as the newly revised Blink-182 at The Roxy last night (March 18). The gig was part warm-up, part introductory before the band hit the stage at Barker’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Orange County on Sunday (March 22).

The band’s setlist featured over 20 songs including songs like “Feeling This,” “What’s My Age Again?,” “The Rock Show,” “Carousel,” and “Dammit.”

Thanks to those in the audience, footage from the show was shot and can be viewed below.

Now, the question becomes, how do we feel about Skiba taking over for DeLonge?

Travis Barker Talks Tom DeLonge in New Interview

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Don’t count on there being a Blink-182 reunion any time soon because just when we though the whole drama had taken a slight time off, drummer Travis Barker has once again taken a stance against former singer, Tom DeLonge.

While participating in an interview for Alternative Nation, the drummer had some choice words for DeLonge, including telling him that he should “man up and quit the band” and even revealing that this wasn’t the first nor the second time he went incognito to avoid the band after major plans had been made.

“I think this is the third time he’s quit without anyone knowing about it because we didn’t announce the other times. But this is just the last straw. It’s just not cool for the fans. He’d always agree to go on huge tours and record albums, but when it came down to going into the studio, he’d find some excuse not to. And we wouldn’t even hear from him, it would be his management. It comes to a point where you decide you’re not going to force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do and it’s time to move on.”

And about that manning up and quitting the band?

“I think the right thing for him to do would just man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit and just be real with the fans.”

While Barker does say that there’s no bad blood, at least for him, he does challenge DeLonge’s passion for playing the kind of music that helped launch Blink-182 to the status that they have now.

“I love playing, listening, and everything about punk rock. It changed my life. I think for Tom, he doesn’t like punk music and it was a phase for him.”

But Barker doesn’t stop there. In a last dig against his former bandmate, he claims that DeLonge never actually played on any of Blink’s songs.

“We are two weeks in to practice and he’s [Matt Skiba] killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools. It’s just fresh blood and having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference. In general, Skiba has a really charming voice and it couldn’t be a better fit.”

Travis Barker Finally Responds to Tom DeLonge’s Twitter Post

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It’s been a few days now since we’ve heard anything from the blink-182 chronicles, making us feel like the explosion might have died down, but now, drummer Travis Barker is opening up about the drama behind the scenes.

In a radio interview on Kevin and Bean, Barker covered many topics including the latest revelation that Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus were considering replacing him after he got into a Twitter feud with the promoter from their Australian tour in 2013.

“You know, I didn’t really know that much about that [Tom’s tweet],” he said.

“Mark had to explain it to me, and I was like, cool. If that was his decision, I definitely wouldn’t make the stink that he is now. I would bow out and be like, much love to you, I wish you nothing but the best. I wouldn’t be doing the back and forth and most importantly, I would speak for myself.”

But things did not end there. When asked about DeLonge and his lack of desire for anything blink-182 related, he admitted, like he and Hoppus had in a previous interview, that they were done covering up for their former frontman.

“I’ve always had to cover up for him,” Barker said. “Finally it’s just out. He doesn’t want to record. He hasn’t wanted to record. We’ve tried recording four or five times. We’ve catered to him. We’ve got label interest. We did everything he wanted to do and then his manager still sends us an email saying Tom’s out.”

But on thing that caught many fans’ attention during the interview was when Barker still called DeLonge his friend.

“He’s [DeLonge] absolutely still my friend, it’s just he doesn’t want to play in a band. It’s like a chick. You’re not gonna make a chick that says ‘Hey I don’t want to see you indefinitely and I don’t know how long, I might not want to see you forever.’ You’re not going to be like ‘You get over here. You play with me right now.’ You need to give her her space, you need to let her go live… and it’s the same thing.”

While not the best metaphor, Barker does make a point.

Mark Hoppus Responds to Tom DeLonge’s Twitter Claim

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It’s day three of the blink-182 soap opera and things seem to be getting a lot more dramatic with every passing day.

Yesterday, Tom DeLonge revealed that he and Mark Hoppus spent a week discussing with managers if it would be a good idea to let go of drummer Travis Barker, a very low blow to Barker if it turned out to be true, considering he and Hoppus have been on the same side since news broke on Monday.

Now, Hoppus is once again speaking out against his former bandmate exclusively with Alternative Press. In the one-on-one, Hoppus was asked about the tweet DeLonge posted, and quickly deleted, about replacing Barker. He responded by saying that the conversations weren’t about replacing Barker indefinitely, but more how issues arose during their 2013 Australian tour when Barker and the tour promoter were in the middle of feud with the latter claiming they were duped. This resulted in a lot of stress on the band especially with the idea that the promoter could sue them.

Check out the complete, newly released statement from Hoppus below.

There was a post of Tom’s on Twitter—since taken down—that said you and he once talked about replacing Travis.

[For the 2013] Australian tour in January, Travis obviously didn’t go on that tour because he didn’t feel comfortable flying, which was a possibility that we had known about from day one. When we agreed to do the tour of Australia Travis said, “I will do everything in my power to get back on an airplane, but if it gets to the day and I’m not ready to go, we need a back-up plan.” As it [came] closer to the time, Travis called me and Tom and said, “I’m not ready yet, I don’t think I’m going to be able to make the flight. We should go with a back-up drummer.” With Travis’ blessing we enlisted Brooks Wackerman and completed the tour.

However, during the course of the tour, Travis and the promoter got into a Twitter argument back and forth that was very contentious and was a lot of stress. Tom was upset, I was upset because it was happening while we were on this tour, and the tour was going very well. Everything should’ve been cool. The promoter thought that Travis had never intended to come to Australia and felt that he had been duped. Of course, that wasn’t the case.

After the tour, Tom was very upset about being put in that situation on tour, where people were threatening to sue, the promoter was angry and everything else. But he was really just blowing off steam. We got back from tour and Tom was having these calls where he was talking about “can we replace Travis, can we do whatever,” but it was really just Tom blowing off steam. There were a few days of calls where I listened to Tom, commiserated with Tom and, immediately afterwards, called up my manager and [said], “Tom’s upset right now, he’s talking about trying to replace Travis, but I’m not into it. That’s not going to happen.” And sure enough, Tom, after a month, called back up and was like, “Hey you know what? I was just angry about it. It was a bad situation, and of course I don’t want to kick Travis out of the band.” I don’t think Tom was ever truly serious about it. Even at the time, I felt he was just angry and he just needed to vent.

Tom DeLonge Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Tell-All

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Apparently there are several sides to the blink-182 drama and former (or not former) singer Tom DeLonge is throwing his bandmates under the bus just like they did to him during their tell-all niterview with Rolling Stone last night.

Things started to get hairy from DeLonge’s side earlier in the day when he took to Twitter and posted, and quickly deleted, a message to his followers.

The message read: “A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis [Barker]…Don’t pretend there isn’t more to this story.”

Ouch.

If this revelation turns out to be true, what would Barker think about Hoppus considering both were on the same side during the interview and their side project, +44.

But DeLonge couldn’t just leave that along. The singer has now taken to Facebook to post a super long message to fans, telling his side of the long, twisted, and frankly soap opera worthy story.

The complete over 900 word post can be read below. As for our take on the matter, we still don’t know whose side to take, if anyone’s at that.

“Where to begin?

The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.

I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.

So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I’ve tried to make things work. I’ve tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don’t even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I’m not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I’m not wired that way.

The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we’d talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone’s dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I’d mirror our personal relationship.

Exact words.

Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn’t mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.

Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.

At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I’d been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn’t lose the years of ill will.

It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again – to rely on the words we said to each other.

I remember asking one of them on the phone, “did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?”

He was silent.

Are they at fault?

Am I? Of course. I’m nuts.

But there’s three of us – we’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.

Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there’s a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that’s already in motion.

So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn’t release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators… Many people.

They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form– I can’t just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.

I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.

But Mark and Travis know all of this.

I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything.

In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.
I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren’t angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).

So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band’s future. This is new to me. It’s not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

But I guess that’s another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light… I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.

At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.

Sad for us.

Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity.

I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.

I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.

Like we all do.

And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.

Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.

Tom”

Tom DeGone: Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker Speak Out

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Guess Blink-182 aren’t staying together for the kids.

After all the drama that unfolded yesterday afternoon between the band members, we thought the inner band turmoil had reached an all time high and it couldn’t get any worse. Turned out, it could.

Late last night, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker responded to Tom DeLonge’s claim that he “didn’t quit” the band in a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone. In the interview, they unveiled that DeLonge’s claim that he didn’t leave the band was all a ruse.

In actuality, DeLonge didn’t quit the band; his manager did the quitting for him via and email.

A lot of information was revealed in the interview including Barker and Hoppus questioning the reason behind the band getting back together after Barker’s plane crash.

“When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died,” Barker admits to the publication.

“But he didn’t even listen to the mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”

They also reveal that they did everything that they could to keep DeLonge happy just so they could go forward with the new record that should have been recorded two years ago.

Apparently, everything appeared to be going as planned in December, but then, out of the blue, DeLonge’s manager sent the band an email telling them that DeLonge has no desire to work on the new Blink album, and better yet, not be involved in any Blink-related engagements.

The final email that did it in for them, according to Hoppus, was one that simply read “Tom. Is. Out.” an exact replica of the one sent before the band had gone on hiatus in 2004.

Barker, who is not one to mince words, called DeLonge, calling him disrespectful and ungrateful after all the hard work the people in their camp did in order to meet his demands including getting a record label to released the new material. (Apparently DeLonge did not want to foot the bill and use his label.)

“So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn’t part of Blink-182. It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related.”

At the end of it all, Hoppus and Barker say that their goal is “protecting the legacy of Blink-182.”

Maybe the best way to protect the band’s legacy is to simply put it to rest and let the fans remember them as the quirky, funny guys who would run around naked in their music videos instead of his hot mess of drama behind the scenes.

Major He Said/He Said Going on In the Blink-182 Camp

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We all know that blink-182 and its members have their issues, but for once we though that all the drama had been put behind them so that they could work on a new album, peacefully.

So much for that.

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that blink-182 would be performing at the 8th Annual Musink Festival in California; a big deal for drummer Travis Barker who would be curating the artists for the second year. When the official flyer was revealed, fans were quick to notice that blink-182 were listed, but right under their band name it said “with Matt Skiba.” (Matt Skiba is the vocalist/guitarist for Alkaline Trio.)

Almost as quick as that flyer was posted, fans began to speculate that frontman Tom DeLonge had once again left the band and the band would soon after confirm that with a long statement in which they reveal that DeLonge’s manger contacted them claiming that DeLonge no longer wanted to participate in any blink endeavors, including a new album and this festival.

Check out the “alleged” statement from the band.

“Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Music and Tattoo festival.  

“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”

Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.  

“No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.”

But now that this has hit the web, DeLonge has gone ahead and rebutted the statement from the band claiming that he had quit the band.

He reveals that he was actually in the middle of a phone conference about a blink show in New York when the news started to pour in that he reportedly left the band. He went directly to Instagram and posted his own statement, which can be read below, about this.

“To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs”

Now, we will admit that each member of the band has their own faults, especially DeLonge, but if they continue to go this way, we’re pretty sure this new album they’ve been trying to work on for months is never going to get done and an inevitable split is on the horizon.

And no, we don’t mean split like “we’ll be going on a hiatus; we’ll be back in ten years.”