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blink-182 have been nominated for a Grammy. Yes, you read that correctly. A FREAKIN' GRAMMY! blink-182's back-to-their-roots record 'California' has been nominated for Best Rock Album ! In total blink-182 have received 10 nominations in the past for Kerrang!, MTV and Teens Choice awards (amongst others), but they have never been nominated for a Grammy - until now! THEY DID IT! Do you think blink-182 has what it takes to win this year? why not discuss it with us on our forums!

blink-182 big announcement November 6th?!

blink-182 are making a 'very special announcement' on Sunday November 6th, from 7pm. As this is the BBC, this probably means 7pm UK time, so for you USA fans thats 2pm EST or 11am PST. Now there's a very high probability that the announcement is the 'official' unveiling of the European tour. There has already been a few dates semi-announced for this, including Download Festival in France, which suggests they'll also be performing at the UK Download festival as well. It being the European tour would also make sense because they're announcing it on UK radio, and the image above (and posted in magazines) randomly states '2017',

blink-182 European Tour Dates!

blink-182 have previously mentioned that they would likely tour Europe next year during the summer. This seems to be true! as we are already starting to get blink-182 shows confirmed for the next year! blink-182 will be one of the headline acts for Nova Rock in Austria, the festival takes place from the 14th - 17th of June, 2017. Click here for info! They are also rumoured to be performing at Hurricane / Southside Festival (23rd - 25th of June) in Germany, which we will confirm soon. There are still some USA dates in December, but it looks like blink-182 are planning their big European tour! Who's excited?! Why

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A Day To Remember enjoying the blink-182 tour; Forbes reveals blink’s natural tie to BMG

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MySanAntonio.com talked a bit with blink-182 tourmates A Day To Remember about what the tour was like so far, and their takeaways on playing with blink:

“…it’s been pretty awesome for us, and once we’re done, Blink comes on and it’s an explosion. I love watching them come out every night because people just freak out. I’m right there with (fans), too. My energy level is on maximum.”

Read more on MySanAntonio.com.


Forbes.com spoke with blink, the band’s management, and prominent members of the famous KROQ to gain their perspective on how blink’s California album got to the number one spot.

One of blink’s managers Lawrence Vavra had a few interesting takes especially:

“The first year they were recording, just the three of them, no producer, I hadn’t heard anything. But after a couple of weeks I went in and heard stuff they’d been working on with John Feldmann,” he says. “The first thing I heard was ‘Built This Pool’ and a song like ‘Built This Pool’ would not have been on this record had the dynamic not changed. Once I heard that a smile came over my face.”

He also provided unique insight on how blink-182 got paired with BMG to release California in lieu of doing an independent release:

“Originally I wanted the guys to put up their own money and we would just do everything ourselves. But the compromise was again we’ll have BMG put up the money and we’ll still put everything ourselves, but at least now the guys aren’t coming out of pocket,” he says. “So we did it and we were geared up, we were gonna do everything ourselves, we have all that stuff in house. But once Vagrant was acquired by BMG they brought in this group that really understood the culture with Blink. So we started working in tandem with them where they would supply the product management. We still would do everything and we’d spend the money how we wanted to, but now we had a couple more soldiers and their radio guy, Nick. So now all of a sudden we had a good radio team and we didn’t have to listen to a major label spend the money they wanted to spend, we’d just spend it ourselves the way we wanted to. And who better than us to know what moves the needle for the band?”

Read the full article at Forbes.com.

New interview with Upset Magazine & tour photos

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blink-182 spoke with Upset Magazine about their new album California, and Mark and Matt weighed in on the opening track, “Cynical:”

“It does set the mood and the pace of the record; it starts off self-questioning and then Travis’ phenomenal drumming kicks in, then the guitars and it just takes off,” adds Mark. “The intro is me talking about myself and the creative process I go through every day. I start every song with this fear, thinking I’m never going to write another good song, and then we go into the studio and things fall into place. There’s a moment when you’re driving home from the studio with a brand new song playing on your car stereo, and there’s such a feeling of joy, accomplishment, pride and excitement. Then I wake up the next day, thinking I’ll never write another good song.”

“I didn’t know that until just now,” admits Matt. The pair fed off what each other was singing across ‘California’, but they never spelled it out for one another. “For me, ‘Cynical’ is about the moment of panic when the phone rings. It makes me think of when I was going through a divorce and I wouldn’t check my email because I would just be getting legal bills and requests. It was a fucking mess. An uptown mess, in retrospect it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was that panic of what is this going to be? It really struck a chord with me and the rest of it wrote itself. That happened throughout the whole record and I think we make a really good team, all three of us.”

Read the entire article here.


 

With the tour kicking off, as usual there are a flurry of spectacular photos coming in from social media.

All credit goes to JustWillieT, RobertNoise, and Travis Barker.

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Fan video from last night’s live debuts of several California tracks

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YouTuber Sydney Wilkinson was present at last night’s tour kickoff in San Diego, and here are videos she posted of the first time ever blink has performed the following songs from California:

Below is the performance of Cynical!  Click the links on the list above to see the other videos on Sydney’s channel.

John Feldmann’s insight into California’s production; tour starts tonight!

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In this cool MusicRadar.com interview with California’s producer John Feldmann, the energetic lead singer of Goldfinger gives interesting insight to the production of Blink-182’s latest album.

“One of [Blink’s] long-standing members [Tom DeLonge] left the band and there was a bunch of question marks for them as far as what their career looked like. They tried doing stuff on their own and it was coming out a bit like patchwork.

“There wasn’t really a thread sonically throughout the songs they’d written. Had all that stuff come together, I wouldn’t have been considered [to produce California].

“Like Steve Jobs says, you can only see where you’re at in your life by connecting the dots backwards. No-one has a crystal ball to see the future, but everything that’s happened in my life has led to me having the privilege of producing Blink.

“This project came to me because I was ready to do it, because of all the experience I’ve had being in a band and helping other bands get signed and making their records.”


Additionally, the blink-182 tour kicks off tonight with a show in San Diego, CA.  Visit blink182.com and scroll down to their tour section for full dates and times.

Music Video Sins Takes On “Bored to Death”

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Popular YouTuber “Music Video Sins” has uploaded his humorous take on blink’s “Bored To Death” video.  Watch it here or in the embedded video below!

Pre-Tour News Roundup

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Need your blink fix before their tour starts?  Here’s a handful of interesting pieces of news on the band that may interest you.

FORBES:  Who Are These Alt-Rock Fans Snapping Up Blink-182 Over Drake?

The Southern Californian band, founded in 1992, previously had most of its mainstream success in the early 2000s, has come back partly thanks to a long-time and loyal fan base of these rock fans with a penchant for nostalgia. Marketing people might want to know who they are – they sound a rich seam to mine.

THE NEW YORKER:  blink-182:  Punk For All Ages

Their adolescent outlook, especially in the early years, occasionally found expression in spiteful breakup songs in which boys wonder what’s wrong with girls. “Enema of the State” included “Dumpweed,” a downright giddy farewell to a “nightmare” girlfriend, in which DeLonge sings, “I need a girl that I can train.” But many of Blink’s best songs endure because they turn inward: the lovelorn boy has sense enough to wonder what’s wrong with him.

DIY:  Let’s Start Over:  Blink-182

Dick jokes may still be present in Blink-182’s ranks but a lot has changed since the release of their last record. Following their high-profile comeback, and post-reunion album ‘Neighborhoods’, it was back at the start of 2015 that the tide really shifted for the trio. A sudden and well-documented bust up occurred between Mark and the band’s drummer Travis Barker, and former guitarist Tom DeLonge. Exactly what went on behind closed doors, no one will ever really know, but now, almost eighteen months later, the band look as tightly-knit as ever with Skiba by their side.


 

Discuss these, the upcoming tour, and any and everything blink-related in our forums.