Blink-182 and Lil Wayne Co-Headlinging North American Tour

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne have just announced a co-headlining Summer arena tour across North America. The tour kicks off June 27th in Columbus, OH and stretches through September18th in Camden, NJ. Welsh pop-punk group Neck Deep will be in direct support throughout the tour.

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne North American Tour:
06-27 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
06-29 Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
06-30 Atlantic City, NJ – Vans Warped Tour ^
07-01 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07-03 Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07-05 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
07-06 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
07-07 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage ^
07-09 Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center ^
07-10 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07-11 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07-13 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
07-16 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07-17 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
07-20 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07-21 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-23 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07-25 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
07-26 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07-27 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07-29 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
07-31 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08-01 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
08-02 Dallas, TX – The Dos Equis Pavilion
08-04 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center ^
08-05 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
08-07 San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
08-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
08-27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
08-30 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08-31 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09-02 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09-04 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09-06 Wichita, KS – Hartman Arena ^
09-07 Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove ^
09-08 Kansas City, MO – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
09-10 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09-13 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest ^
09-14 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09-16 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
^ Blink-182 only

Photographer Ryan Russell to Release “Continental Obscura” on April 8th

NylonMag.com Reveals Cover and Photos From Russell’s New Photography Book

“Ryan is one of the greatest photographers working today.” – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
“Ryan is an exceptional talent.” – Hayley Williams (Paramore)

Celebrated rock photographer Ryan Russell has announced plans to release his first travel photography book, “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham,” on April 8th via No Sleep Records. Fans are invited to pre-order the limited edition book now from No Sleep at http://bit.ly/1arfNRb.

In anticipation of the upcoming release, NylonMag.com has revealed a selection of photos, which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1hPbazM.

Known best for his ability to brilliantly capture timeless photos of some of rock’s biggest acts, from Death Cab For Cutie and Against Me! to Paramore and Blink-182, Russell recently tackled a different subject entirely for “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham.”  In the summer of 2013 he embarked on a life-changing, cross-country journey, moving from his native city of Birmingham, AL to the Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham, WA.  Russell documented his trip, capturing the back roads, ghost towns, national parks and historical sites of America with stunning photos of everything he saw.

“Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham” will also include an exclusive 7” vinyl record featuring rare unreleased B-sides from Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear, two bands that Russell has shot extensively over the last several years.

“Ryan is one of those rare photographers that can truly put you at ease while he takes superb and entirely honest photos,” says Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear.  “A master at capturing the most fleeting and candid of moments, we always look forward to working with him so we were extremely honored to be asked to be apart of this project.”

Follow Russell at http://instagram.com/ryanrussell and continentalobscura.com for more information regarding the release of “Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham.”

About Ryan Russell:
Russell was born and raised in the Deep South town of Birmingham, where he found an eye for photography at a young age.  His style embraces predecessors of southern culture like William Eggleston and Ernest Withers as well as personal influences like Glen E. Friedman and Charles Peterson to create a bold new take on classic southern gothic photography.  Russell captures the grit and energy of today’s American music scene much like Lee Friedlander’s work for Atlantic Records in the 50’s and 60’s or Anton Corbijn’s work with U2 and Joy Division in the 80’s.  Today, Russell is a well sought after photographer who has worked with bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore,  Patton Oswalt, My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Blink-182 and his photographs have appeared in such periodicals as Rolling Stone, Spin, Esquire, Playboy and New York Times.

7”  Track List:
1. Manchester Orchestra
Sure Shot (unreleased 2009 track)
2. Minus the Bear
Surf-n-Turf (rare b-side)

Photos: Blink-182 at Sands Event Center

Blink182 19 © 2013 Jamie Heim

Lat year when the Sands Event Center opened, Blink-182 was one of the first bands that were announced to christen the venue. Unfortunately, that never happened. Days before the sold out show, Travis Barker had an emergency tonsillectomy and the show was cancelled with no plans of re-scheduling. Fast forward to the August 2013, the band announces a small string of shows that would finally bring them back to the Event Center.

In a matter of days, tickets for the show SOLD OUT. Practically everyone in the Lehigh Valley came.

Photos by Jamie Heim

About the photographer: Jamie Heim is a freelance music and lifestyle photographer based out of the Lehigh Valley. He has spent many years covering the local DIY scene as well as being a part of it. You can find more of his work on his website here.

Photos: Four Year Strong at Sands Event Center

Four Year Strong 13 © 2013 Jamie Heim

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard much from the guys in Four Year Strong. Last we heard from them was that Alan Day (guitars/ vocals) was going out on tour with his new project The Here And Now with Chad from New Found Glory‘s new project Whats Eating Gilbert a few months back. So it was great to see the band opening for Blink-182 on this short run.

About the photographer: Jamie Heim is a freelance music and lifestyle photographer based out of the Lehigh Valley. He has spent many years covering the local DIY scene as well as being a part of it. You can find more of his work on his website here.

Photos: New Beat Fund at Sands Event Center

New Beat Fund © 2013 Jamie Heim

After a very successful stint on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour, New Beat Fund secured an opening stint for Blink-182‘s short tour leading up to Riot Fest 2013. The tour rolled through Bethlehem, PA’s Sands Event Center to a SOLD OUT crowd of rabid fans.

Photos by Jamie Heim

About the photographer: Jamie Heim is a freelance music and lifestyle photographer based out of the Lehigh Valley. He has spent many years covering the local DIY scene as well as being a part of it. You can find more of his work on his website here.

Blink-182 Comes to… Bethlehem!?

May 20, 2012 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Blink-182 have announced a bunch of new North American shows. One of the stops will be at the new (yet to be finished) Sands Bethlehem Event Center. This is exciting since big acts rarely comes through the area and with the new venue being built in the Lehigh Valley, hopefully this means we might not have to travel an hour or more to see some of our favorite bands. On the down side, general admission tickets are $59.50 and suites (VIP?) are $99.50.

Album Review: Blink-182 – ‘Neighborhoods’

Blink-182 has been a constant source of inspiration for pop-punk bands since the mid 90’s, and with over 27 million records sold who wouldn’t want to imitate that formula.  Their new album, Neighborhoods brings a familiar sound, but not necessarily the ‘Blink-182’ sound that long time listeners were looking forward to.

Their self titled album, which came out in 2003, showed an experimental side to the band. Lifestyle changes inspired the release, and marked the departure of their old punk sound.  With Neighborhoods, their inspiration came from their side projects.  Angels And Airwaves-style echoes, delays, and feel good rhythms prevail for most of the new release.

Two songs stand out amongst the 14 tracks on the deluxe version of the album.  “Ghost on the Dance Floor” features a long intro in the style of Angels and Airwaves.  An addictive guitar riff and a ghostly synth sets the mood right off the bat.  Again, not reminiscent of Blink-182, but nonetheless still hooks the listener in.  Then “Hearts All Gone” brings back the fast-paced punk style that more closely sounds like the Blink-182 of long ago.  Mark Hoppus does the lead vocals for the song, and it resembles more of his side project +44.  The “Hearts All Gone Interlude” plays as a smooth transition that leads in to the rest of the song.

All in all, the album tends to lean more towards a tribute to life without Blink-182 and all that the band has been up to since then.  Neighborhoods as a whole, feels to be more like a gimmick for the band. A “Hey we’re back, but we’re not gonna play what you wanted to hear” type of gimmick.  Yes Blink-182 is back, but it ended up being an old name to house their side project styles under.  If this were an Angels And Airwaves, a Boxcar Racer, or a +44 album, it would make sense.  This may have just been a way to consolidate all of their fans into one giant melting pot.  Whether that was their plan or not doesn’t change the overall effect of the album.

-Chris Meyers-

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Chris Meyers – When Chris Meyers isn’t helping out with writing and conducting interviews with bands, he can be found refusing to giving up his seat to little old ladies on the bus because he’s a jerk. Sometimes.

Blink-182 Stays “Up All Night” With My Chemical Romance

August 13, 2011 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Pavillion
September 17, 20011 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Blink-182 will be hitting the road and sharing the stage all summer long, with My Chemical Romance co-headlining, on the Honda Civic Tour! They will be joined by Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and Matt & Kim on select dates. The tour starts late Summer in Holmdel, New Jersey, on August 5, and ends early Fall with a homecoming show on October 15 in San Diego. This also happens to be the 10th anniversary for The Honda Civic Tour which began back in 2001 with Blink-182 as the headliner.

Hit the jump to listen to Blink-182‘s new single “Up All Night.” It’s the first new music since their reformation back in 2009 and will be on their much delayed untitled album.

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