BLINK 182

 

 

 

    

 

 

about blink 182

 

The new-school punk trio blink-182 was formed in the suburbs of San Diego, California around guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as simply Blink, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released EP, Fly Swatter. After releasing the album Buddha in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo and released Cheshire Cat the following year. The threat of a lawsuit from a similarly named Irish band forced them to change their name to blink-182, but the group earned a higher profile touring the world with Pennywise and NOFX on the 1996-1997 Warped Tour, plus appearing on innumerable skate/surf/snowboarding videos.

The third blink-182 LP, Dude Ranch, was jointly released in 1997 by Cargo and MCA. Dude Ranch expanded the group's audience and went platinum by the end of 1998, due in part to the popularity of their infectious teen anthem, "Dammit (Growing Up)." The group also signed officially with MCA, which released the band's fourth album, Enema of the State, in the summer of 1999. The album, produced by Jerry Finn (Green Day, Rancid), also welcomed a new member into the trio's ranks; Travis Barker, formerly with the Aquabats, settled in on drums after Raynor left midway through a 1998 U.S. tour. Enema was greeted with almost immediate success, and helped the band achieve the mainstream status of toilet-humored pop-punk kings that Dude Ranch had only hinted at. Driven by the commercially successful singles "What's My Age Again?," "All The Small Things," and "Adam's Song," music videos for the three songs (whose clips included themes of streaking and boy band spoofs) were MTV smashes as well.

After selling over four million copies of Enema of the State, the trio played on with the limited-edition release The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back) in fall 2000. The album featured the band's radio hits in a live setting, intertwined with their quirky sense of humor as well as the new song "Man Overboard." Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, issued in spring 2001, saw the band return to their SoCal punk rock roots. Maturity, of a sort, came with 2003's self-titled album, released on Geffen. Not only did the album sport a song ("All of This") that featured Robert Smith of the Cure, but "I Miss You" also topped the modern rock charts in 2005.

In February 2005, however, popular as ever and seemingly indestructible, blink-182 unexpectedly announced they would be going on an "indefinite hiatus," supposedly to spend more time with their growing families. Asking fans for help in selecting tracks, the group issued Greatest Hits that November. Bandmembers also continued on with other projects: Barker -- who had previously released an album with DeLonge as Boxcar Racer -- continued playing with the Transplants and running his clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps. His family was also spotlighted in the MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. Hoppus carried on with his Atticus fashion venture, began producing -- starting with Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This to Memory -- and hosting his own podcasts. He further began work with Barker in a new band, Plus 44. DeLonge also continued work with his lifestyle clothing company, Macbeth, and formally announced his new project, Angels and Airwaves, that fall. ~ John Bush & Corey Apar, All Music Guide

 

 


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tour dates

 

July 2009

Thur 23rd The Joint At Hard Rock Casino Hotel,   Las Vegas, NV

Fri 24th  The Joint At Hard Rock Casino Hotel,   Las Vegas, NV

 

August 2009

Tue 4th Marcus Amphitheatre Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

Thur 6th Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA

Sat 8th Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME

Sun 9th Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre,, Wantagh, NY

Thurs 13th Riverband Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

Fri 14th Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake, Pittsburgh, PA

Sat 15th First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinely Park, IL

Sun 16th  Westfair Amphitheatre, Council Bluffs, IA

Tues 18th Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

Thur 20th Verizon Wireless Music Center

Fri 21st Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY

Sat 22nd DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkson, MI

Tue 25th Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY

Wed 26th PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Thu Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

Sat 29th Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT

Sun 30th Merriweather Past Pavillion, Columbia, MD

Mon 31st Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

September 2009

Wed 2nd Blossom Music Center , Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Thu 3rd Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St Louis, Maryland Heights, MO

Fri 4th Cap Fed Park at Sandstone Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS

Sun 6th Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, Co

Thu 10th White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA

Sat 12th Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Whaeatland, Wheatland, Ca

Sun 13th Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Mon 14th Rabobank Arena Theatre, Bakersfield, CA

Wed 16th Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Ca

Thu 17th Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

 Fri 18th Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

Mon Sept 21st Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM

Wed 23rd Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX

Thur 24th Woodlands Pavilion, Woodland Hills, TX

Sat 26th Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

Sun 27th Ford Amphitheatre At Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

Mon 28th Verizon Wireless Theatre Music Center, Birmingham, AL

Tue 29th Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

 

October 2009

Thu 1st Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Fri 2nd Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

 


[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur]

 

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