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Tom DeLonge documentary premieres tonight

For weeks now Ernie Ball has been promoting and sharing clips from their documentary series "The Pursuit of Tone" where in this instance they are featuring former blink-182 member Tom DeLonge.  The documentary will debut in full tonight at 8pm ET on the Audience Network (DirecTV Ch. 239 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 1114) where he will allegedly discuss in detail the origins of many blink-182 hits in addition to other anecdotes about the band, their breakups, side projects (Box Car Racer & Angels & Airwaves) and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E75D7DCIGo4  

blink debuts "San Diego" live

blink-182 played San Diego live for the first time in Tampa, FL last week.  Here's a nifty fan-edit of the performance!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyhM7Aecma0

New Yorker: REVIVING THE POP-PUNK INNOCENCE OF BLINK-182

The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich wrote a cool piece regarding blink-182's past and present, and how the band represents something inside ourselves that we can't bear to let go. Here's a passage: The grievances and pleasures Blink-182’s songs express—the dumbness of adults, how weird sex is, how cool jokes are, how lonesome life can be—are the kinds of things that get worried over most loudly from ages twelve to eighteen. It’s tempting to think that our emotions become more complex and multitudinous when we grow up. But most of us continue following those same early tracks, the ones we gouged in adolescence; the whole

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blink debuts “San Diego” live

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blink-182 played San Diego live for the first time in Tampa, FL last week.  Here’s a nifty fan-edit of the performance!

 

blink news roundup, summer tour photos

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As blink-182 continues their 2016 summer tour to promote California, capacity crowds have come out to see blink rock the house, but in the meantime blink’s been in the news here and there.

Brooklyn Vegan:  blink-182 and the Descendents’ comebacks, and the enduring influence of pop-punk

Las Vegas Review-Journal:  Matt Skiba performs confidently at the helm of blink-182

Tuscon.com:  Tuscon emo night finding its footing (for context, Mark was a guest DJ for the event at one point)


As blink’s tour rolls on, fantastic photos from their performances keep pouring in.  All photos courtesy of:

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blink does the ol’ instrument switcharoo!

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Some of you may have seen that in the past few shows, blink-182 has done the instrument shuffle for the song “Blow Job,” and if you’ve ever wanted to see Travis play bass, now’s your chance!

All pictures courtesy of RobertNoise.

 

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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.

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