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Preview: Blink 182 Fall Tour 2018

Blink & You Might Miss It

The early 90s was a monumental era for the punk music scene. Out of all the punks making noise in their parents garage’s, today’s story is about three rock legends who have continued to mold the scene two decades later: Scott Raynor, Mark Hoppus, and Tom DeLonge. Three friends would go on to form Blink 182. The band’s first album was without the legendary Travis Barker, but it kickstarted their soon-to-be infamous career, all thanks to Cheshire Cat. Fast forward to 1998 the world would receive the gift of Barker! Barker joined the band after being in The Auquabats, who at the time was touring and opening for Blink 182. In support of their SnoCore Tour in ‘98, Barker dropped everything and joined Hoppus and DeLonge to unite the three, and release their first record together with Enema Of The State. The rest was history as these three musical juggernauts would pave the way for thousands of bands to come. Having fostered the style of rock that Blink 182 has, they have paved the way for bands like Motion City Soundtrack, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Good Charlotte, and Box Car Racer, just to name a few. Blink 182 is more than your average band. Each member has their own style of play and stand out in their own right, which makes them a force to be reckoned with still to this day. Let’s face it, they don’t hand out residencies to just any band. Blink have earned this high honor to play at The Palm.

What comes to mind when you hear the name “Blink 182”? For me, it’s teenage angst, funny music videos, skillful and noisy drum patterns, iconic vocals, and catchy lyrics! And naked men. Their video for “All the Small Things” put them on the pop-punk map with no going back; a recipe for a band who is already timeless. Early in their career, Blink 182 already drummed up numerous songs like “Adam’s Song”, “What’s My Age Again”, “First Date” and “Feeling This”, just to name a few. The songs have found homes on many a playlists, some of which we have put out ourselves!  

Blink 182 has been such a spectacle of a band that they had been offered a 16-date residency from May 26th all the way through November 17th at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. After DeLonge left the band back in 2015 (once again), Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba stepped in, which was fitting. One legendary punk leaves, another enters. Knowing this, you would think that the band would be somewhat different without Tom DeLonge; perhaps the vibe would be different, or the classic’s had to be erased from the setlist. This is 100% not the case. Blink 182 are performing at such high levels right now you would think this is their first tour, pouring such raw power and energy into their performances.

This September, Blink 182 are heading back out on the road to embark on a North American tour with support from their friends in State Champs and Kings Of The Weekend. They’re looking to kick off the fall concert season the only way they know how! The ten city tour may be brief to most, but the guys are covering a wide range of states including stops in Canada and one at Riot Fest on the 14th of September. The run of shows gives everyone who can’t make it out to Las Vegas everything you would need to feel right like you’re under the bright lights of Vegas yourself! You can be sure that each stop on this tour will very much be a spectacle, filled with all the fun one would have at a show in Las Vegas.

If you haven’t had a chance to see them before, check out their tour itinerary and buy your tickets now. If a friend has never seen Blink 182, then be a good buddy and buy them one too! A Blink show is one not to be missed, even if you have to drive a few hours, ‘cause let’s be honest a concert road trip is the best kind of fun and memories to make.

Check out the tour dates here!

Brandon Hanks is a photojournalist hailing from Owensboro, Kentucky. Brandon started his obsession with photography dating back to 2001. Since getting his first taste of the music industry in 2016 with Nothing More, he has since worked with some of his favorites to some of the biggest names in music: Black Stone Cherry, Highly Suspect, Bush, Skillet, Green Day, and Scott Stapp. "If you were to tell me I'd be doing this (concert photography) with the artists I've worked with in my first year, I'd call you a liar," said Hanks. Brandon's fire and willingness to adapt to any setting and environment while being able to take on any challenge thrown at him makes him a force and a future in this industry looks brighter with every show. "Grateful, Humbled, Unbelievable, Rise Up." All words Brandon lives by.

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