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Blink-182: New Album, New Tour, Same Great Band

By Patrick Skidmore

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Earlier this month, fans of pop-punk band, Blink-182, were treated to a couple of exciting announcements. On May 6, the band announced they would be hitting the road this summer with rapper Lil Wayne and Neck Deep, a pop-punk band from Wales.

The band always puts on a great show, and when they hit the road this summer for their North American Tour, they are sure to keep the crowd on their feet and having a good time. 

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The band has gone through some changes over the years, the biggest being the loss of Tom Delonge. Tom’s nasally voice is noticeably missed in their new music, but many fans, including myself, will accept his absence in order to have the band continue to make new music and tour.

Following the tour announcement, the band released a single titled “Blame It on My Youth” off of their upcoming eighth studio album. The song has the typical Blink-182 sound and should leave fans excited for the upcoming album, which should be released early this summer. 

In an interview with ABC Radio, band member Mark Hoppus mentioned some changes the band was making on the way they are creating music on the album. Mark stated, “We’ve been writing songs based around beats that Travis [Barker] has come up with, or maybe just a keyboard line or one little guitar riff and building around that.”

Mark also mentioned working with Pharrell Williams to create a song that he described as “happy, punk-inspired, sing-along happy punk rock.” As a long-time fan of the band and their music, I am anticipating the release of this album and hope that the band will be able to create something similar to the familiar sound we have always loved. 

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