San Diego pop-punkers blink-182 have had a steadily growing fan base since their formation in 1992, but it was the album recorded just prior to the band's five-year hiatus that has proved the most memorable.
To that end, the group is toasting the 10th anniversary of the untitled effort (also known as blink-182) with a series of shows, during which they perform the album in its entirety. Concerts at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday are sold out, as are shows on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. There are tickets still available for the fifth L.A. concert date, Nov. 13, at the Wiltern.
Members of Blink-182, vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge, vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, were already exploring different musical genres and projects and going through life-changing experiences, such as fatherhood, prior to working on the untitled album. These factors came into play in the studio, resulting in experimental elements fusing with the group's familiar grooves, as well as more mature lyrics. The album was released on the Geffen label in fall of 2003 and fans were split on this new tact, but the release's singles charted high, “I Miss You,” hit number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
In February 2005, blink-182 went on an “indefinite hiatus,” according to Geffen. The trio forged new directions. DeLonge launched the band Angels & Airwaves, Hoppus stepped into producing albums and Barker began a shoe line and worked in other music projects.
In September 2008, Barker was in a plane crash and suffered second and third degree burns. He developed post-traumatic stress disorder and underwent 16 surgeries, as well as several blood transfusions. DeLonge and Hoppus reached out to him and within a month the trio were planning to return to blink-182.
After serving as presenters for the 2009 Grammy Awards, blink-182 announced it was back — and so were its fans. Since then, the band has been touring the world and is currently writing material for its seventh studio album.
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
Where: Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Tickets: $56-$70; shows are sold-out Nov. 6-7 at Hollywood Palladium and Nov. 11-12 at the Wiltern.