Blink-182, an American band that merges into the genre of rock and pop, announced a new single and tour on Tuesday, Oct 11, on the band’s official YouTube channel. The current members are Mark Hoppus as bassist/vocalist, Tom DeLonge as guitarist/vocalist and drummer Travis Barker.
The new single, “Edging”, was produced by the band’s first in-studio session in 10 years and released alongside the tour information. Blink-182’s tour commences in Latin America on March 11, 2023, and concludes on Feb. 24, 2024 in New Zealand.
Sophomore Katlin Dryer said, “Tom DeLonge left the band awhile back and hasn’t toured with Blink-182 since. Now it’s cool to see them together again.”
In Blink-182 history, DeLonge has left twice, once in 2009 and again in 2015. When DeLonge left the band in 2015, he was replaced by Matt Skiba for seven years, leaving Hoppus as the only founding member of Blink-182. Baker replaced the original drummer Scott Raynor in 1998 before Blink-182’s commercial success in the early 2000s, according to The Guardian.
The first album that the trio played together was the third studio album, “Enema of the State,” from 1999. Overall, the album sold over 15 million copies worldwide, according to uDiscoverMusic.
The band is known for their music videos, like “What’s My Age Again?,” which depicts the band members running around nude and has over 89 million views on the official YouTube channel.
According to Prof. Greg Golda of the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts, “It is incredibly rare these days for a band to break without a visual component. The main way to get into the public’s consciousness is through social media.”
In the promotion of the band tour, Blink-182 has created a TikTok and spread informational news on Twitter.
Sophomore Xanthe Robison, a fan of the band, said, “I like their fast songs and would define their sound as 90’s and 2000’s American rock.”
The average ticket price for the upcoming tour starts at $200, while more expensive seats go up to $900, according to Ticketmaster.
Prof. Keith M. Zdrojowy of the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts said, “Often times, when ticket prices are lower, scalpers buy the tickets too, then sell them at a much higher price with the profits going to the scalper. Now, you see they have just started with the inflated price with the proceeds going to the artist and not to the scalpers.”
The method Zdrojowy is referring to is dynamic pricing. According to TechTarget, dynamic pricing, often known as real-time pricing, is a highly adaptable method of determining how much a service will cost based on the market’s demand.
Hoppus addressed the issues of dynamic pricing and responds to fans. “I understand that the ticketing can be frustrating,” he said on Discord.
According to Blink 182 official website, the supporting band for Latin America will be Wallows in North America, the punk band Turnstile for Europe The Story So Far, and in Australia/New Zealand, Rise Against.
Monday, Oct 17, 10 am tickets went on sale at ticketmaster.com. The performances in San Diego and Los Angeles sold out only after 15 minutes of the tickets being available to the general public.
Blink-182 official Twitter has been announcing additional shows to fill supply and demand. The band added more performances to the tour schedule in Mexico City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, and Sydney.