The rejiggered pop-punk institution announced two big moves Friday: a huge summer tour that's set to hit St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on September 8, plus the release of "Bored to Death," their first single without founding member/co-frontman Tom DeLonge.
Tickets — $45.25-$77.50 — go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, via Ticketmaster and the Xcel box office. All American Rejects and A Day to Remember will open the St. Paul gig.
After much infighting, DeLonge got the boot from Blink in 2015. He's been replaced on guitar and vocals by Alkaline Trio leader Matt Skiba.
For pop-punk purists, the new lineup is an unholy composite with the gall to call itself Blink. For nostalgic diehards, Skiba's inclusion renders Blink something of a high-school fantasy supergroup. For others, actual problems exist.
DeLonge, for his part, is chasing aliens (or something) and working on his self-indulgent "multimedia" project Angels & Airwaves.
Blink's upcoming album California, their first without DeLonge, is due out July 1.
You can listen to lead single "Bored to Death" below. It's boilerplate late-era Blink — giant, supercharged chorus + vaguely depressing lyrics + loud-quiet-loud dynamic — but goddamnit if that's not Skiba singing backup vocals. What a thrill!
The California closer is titled "Brohemian Rhapsody," so at least some Blink silliness remains.