Blink-182 announces two additional L.A. performances

Blink-182 -- from left, guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge, drummer Travis Barker and bassist-vocalist Mark Hoppus backstage before a 2011 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
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L.A. is set for a second serving of Blink-182 next month.

After a pair of November shows at the Hollywood Palladium sold out in 32 seconds last week, the snotty SoCal pop-punk trio announced it has added two shows at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater on Nov. 11 and 12, which are now on sale.

All four performances are timed to honor the 10thanniversary of Blink-182’s untitled 2003 album (known by fans as “Blink-182”) – an “experimental” CD greeted by fans, critics and band members alike as its best work, Blink’s answer to “Pet Sounds” or “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (albeit with a vocal cameo by Robert Smith from the Cure). All the concerts are set to feature front-to-back performances of the “Blink-182” material for the first time in the multi-platinum-selling group’s history.

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“Wow. The reaction to the ten-year anniversary shows has been overwhelming,” Blink singer-bassist Mark Hoppus said in a statement. “The ‘Blink-182’ album was a sea change in our band. The way we wrote songs, performed, and thought of ourselves evolved into something deeper than it had ever been before. The recording process was special.”

Added guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge with typically sophomoric sang froid: “I really don’t have any time to give a quote, but if I do find the time later in my schedule I will give you the quote that I have in mind.”


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