Chicago’s Alkaline Trio formed in December, 1996. They’ve released nine full-length studio albums. Oh yeah! Their singer’s in Blink-182, too.
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Hailing from Denver, All Waffle Trick carries the flag of quintessential pop-punk, and colors it with shades of ska and melodic hardcore.
With an irreverent and in-your-face attitude that shines through their recordings and fun live shows, the trio blinks an eye to the 90s, influenced by artists such as Blink-182, Green Day, Millencolin and The Offspring.
Angels & Airwaves is an alternative rock band founded by Tom DeLonge after Blink-182 went on hiatus in 2005. They continued to record even after Blink reunited in 2009, and after DeLonge subsequently parted with the band again in 2015, he began to focus on Angels & Airwaves more extensively.
Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, California, in 1992. Their lineup was Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor for their initial rise to fame and then Mark, Tom and Travis Barker during their explosion into the zeitgeist and then they hit the “PAUSE” button from 2005 until 2009 and then it was Mark, Tom and Travis again for a minute and then Tom left to study aliens so it was Mark and Travis and Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio from 2015 until recently and now, as of October 2022, it’s Mark, Tom and Travis again.
Blink-182 recently announced their reunion with frontman and founding member Tom DeLonge. They’ve recorded a new album, and will be embarking on a world tour next year. But things are not all sunshine and roses in Blink-182 land.
Ticketmaster is starting to launch ticket presales for the band’s world tour, and the monolithic event ticketing empire is taking full advantage of the hype surrounding DeLonge’s return. For those who don’t know, Ticketmaster has a little thing they call “dynamic ticket pricing”. Basically what that means is the list price of event tickets can fluctuate quite rapidly based on the current demand for those tickets. Supply and demand, baby!
In situations like this one – Blink-182 announcing a world tour the same day they end their seven year breakup with Tom DeLonge – the demand, and in turn the fluctuations in prices for tickets can be quite drastic. Fans hoping to attend the tour have taken to social media to voice their outrage with this dynamic pricing model. Many claim the price for tickets they selected jumped significantly even as they added them to their cart. Fans are paying anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000 for tickets to see Blink-182. And bear in mind folks, these are not resale prices. These are tickets being sold by Ticketmaster.
With all that said, I do not think artists like Blink-182 should be absolved of any guilt in this dynamic pricing model. After all, they directly benefit from these sky high ticket prices, and according to Inside Hook, artists can opt out of dynamic pricing altogether. But it seems that, for some, the incentive is too great. And being able to hide behind the big bad boogeyman known as Ticketmaster certainly makes it easier to protect your brand while exploiting your eager fans’ FOMO. That’s capitalism, folks! Enjoy the Blink-182 show.
Blink-182 is coming. I’m sure you’ve heard. There are not many things in this world that I love more than those three old men. My parents got divorced in, like, 2002 and I still felt more feelings about Blink’s breakup in 2005. Matt Skiba made a much better step-dad than mine, sorry Dave.
Their new single, “Edging”, is no doubt going to be at the top of my plays in my Spotify mix for the year. With the announcement of a 2023/2024 World Tour with Tom DeLonge returning I had to snag a ticket, I mean, it’s my favorite band. Then the prices came.
“I bought tickets for two of our shows myself just to see what the experience was like.” Mark Hoppus explained to fans in the Blink-182 Discord, “I had tickets yoinked from my cart and the whole thing crashed out.” This entire fiasco chalked up to the supposed anti-scalper measure, dynamic pricing. When the band themselves can’t even get tickets to their own show then what hope do we common folk have?
Talking about an exciting reunion with Tom DeLonge, it feels almost impossible to not talk about former fill-in-turned-full-timer Matt Skiba who wasn’t 100% sure of his own status in the band. While many harbor ill will towards the albums and songs from the era, most Blink fans will speak highly of Skiba’s live talents.
Many fans remarked on the odd nature with which Skiba was abandoned and Delonge seemingly ousting him from his earned spot. Tom DeLonge made sure to quell any notions of ill will with a public Instagram letter which he also personally sent to Skiba.
Personally, I’m still hoping we get some sort of festival appearance with all four of them but that’s because I’m very stupid. If that was in the cards I’m sure Tom would have spilled the beans already like he did with the tour. If you like Mark Hoppus discord quotes then you’ll love “Tom wasn’t quiet at all…Literally walking around shows telling everyone the band is back together.” Hoppus vents to the fanbase, “Like. Someone tackle him. I hate him so much.” It’s all fun and happy feelings though, but we all know the score at this point.
AFI was teasing an upcoming announcement on social media earlier today, and while we hate to spoil a good surprise, our buddies at Live Nation sure don’t! The event organizer (and ticket broker who brought you “dynamic pricing”) has leaked the announcement in an email blast: Davey Havok and co. will be celebrating their breakthrough album Sing the Sorrow‘s 20th Anniversary by performing the record in its entirety.
According to the email Live Nation sent out (see below), the concert will take place on March 11th, 2023 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
After releasing five albums through Nitro Records, AFI made their major label debut with Sing the Sorrow in 2003 and enjoyed immediate mainstream success. The record reached #5 on the Billboard 200 has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Update: AFI has officially announced the concert, billing it as the “first and last time ever” Sing the Sorrow will be played in its entirety. The support bands are Jawbreaker, Chelsea Wolfe and Choir Boy. Tickets will be available here Wednesday, November 16th at 10am Pacific.