California is known for incredible weather, beautiful oceans, and breathtaking sights, amongst many more benefits, luxuries, and landmarks. California is home to a tremendous amount of bands and musicians that started off in The Golden State. Some of the most legendary and controversial musicians found their start in California- many of them gaining success and popularity by playing shows on the iconic Sunset Strip.
Blink 182 is one of many notable California-based bands. Formed in 1992, the punk band has had no shortage of causing a ruckus for over twenty years. Although they have gone through line up changes and also disbanded for about four years, the band reunited in 2009 months after drummer Travis Barker survived a plane crash. In 2015, it was announced Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be filling in on vocals and guitar after things weren’t quite working out with the three band members yet again. Blink 182’s debut show with Matt Skiba was held on March 18, 2015 at The Roxy just days before they performed at Musink which is a festival presented by Travis Barker featuring live music performances, tattoos, and classic cars in Orange County.
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Blink 182 released their latest album ‘California’ on the 182nd day of this year, July 1. Produced by Goldfinger’s John Feldmann, this is their first album featuring Skiba. The album pays homage to California with songs titled “Los Angeles”, “San Diego”, and “California”. The band headed out on tour over the summer playing over forty-five shows. The final date of the tour took place on October 7 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, weeks before the venue is set to close. They were joined on tour with DJ Spider and A Day To Remember along with The All-American Rejects and All Time Low on select dates. A Day To Remember put on a fun-filled performance with extraordinary visual stage production. Blink 182 hit the stage opening the set with “Feeling This” and the entire crowd was ecstatic with electrifying energy. The band played twenty-four songs consisting of their hits from the past two decades as well as newer material. The set was filled with amusing graphics and pyrotechnics. Confetti filled the open air as they concluded the set with “Dammit”. It was the ideal end to the tour with perfect California weather as fans sang along to every song at “The Rock Show”.
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