found an old school interview from @veeRob interviewing Tom during this show :
7/5/1997: The band performs at Boreal Ridge in Soda Springs, California.
Rob Perelman runs san diego rocks which focuses on san diego music and concerts in the area. This is his interview with tom from blink 182. All rob's questions are in bold.
My name's Tom from Blink-182. We've been together for about four years now. I play guitar/vocals. Mark Hoppus plays bass and vocals. Scott Raynor plays drums. Mark's twenty-three, Scott's eighteen, and I'm nineteen, soon to be twenty in December...soon to be twenty-one, I'm twenty! [laughs] And then I'll...I've been drinking a little bit...and then I'll be able to drink legally. [laughs, then someone starts laughing at Tom] Hey, what are you laughing at?
So what's all this talk about major labels maybe signing you guys?
I'll give you the scoop. Cargo's trying to sell the whole company to MCA. MCA's going to buy out all of Cargo, maybe. So if we don't sign to a major that we choose to like, we might have to end up going to MCA which might not be the best label to be on out of all of them that we choose, you know. We don't know. So if we stay on Cargo, chance's are we'll go to MCA, anyways. If we don't stay on Cargo, then we can choose at least one that will be better for us. We're gonna be on a major, regardless, even if it's not our choice. But it is our choice, we don't care about the sell-out thing. We just wanna be able to sell albums and go as far as we can, you know, with no obstacles.
Where would you want to go if you could just pick a label?
Uhh, we're talking about Interscope 'cause they're like a big, independent label owned by like one guy. There's like four guys that own it. But it's basically like an independent label with lots of money. That's all it is. It's not like, corporate affiliated. It has distribution through MCA, but other than that, it's like a regular indie label but just bigger.
What's it like playing a big show like this after playing all those little SOMA side shows and all that kind of stuff?
Umm, it's fucking...it's great! It's just rad to hang out with the bands we're so influenced by, like NOFX -- we're in their dressing room right now and El Hefe's getting a massage. I can look over there and just go, "Fuck, you know, I wish I could play like, guitar like you can." [laughs] It's rad! You get everybody there at one time rather than trying to play four times and play to all the same people, you play one show with everyone there at one time and it's a lot of fun.
Did you guys ever think you'd get this big?
I don't know what 'this big' means. Uhh...
Well, I mean, did you think you'd be playing sideshows at SOMA for the rest of your life or did you think, "Oh, yah, we're gonna be playing some huge punk rock festival?"
You know, like when I first started writing songs, I knew...I'm all, Fuck, I like these songs a lot. I'm all, I think someone else will like them. I'm all...I honestly thought these songs were cool, but I never really thought of playing in front of seven thousand people, you know. I'd never thought that we'd sell enough albums or go on tour. I don't know what I thought. I just thought they were good songs. I thought people would like them. But now that it's happened, it's just really weird. When I stop and think about it, it's really humbling to think that I was just in a garage by myself, you know, three or four years ago. It's crazy.
And now where are you?
Now we're touring on our own and we've sold somewhere between forty and fifty thousand albums and, uhh, we're having a lot of fun playing with our peers.
Isn't it true that you guys are the biggest selling album on Cargo?
It's true, but I think it's only because there's a scene developed around the punk scene. Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, or Three Mile Pilot, or all those bands, they all signed, but...Uncle Joe's, fluf...there's no scene around their style of music so they don't have the capacity to sell those albums that the punk rock industry has, you know? That's the only reason, I think. That's why we've sold that many albums more than they have, because there's no kids out there looking to buy those albums. They've never heard their music before, maybe...I don't know.
Are you guys hooking up with Dance Hall Crashers since you've been playing so many shows with them?
Mark...this is so...you can't tell anybody this, even though it's in the fanzine. [laughs] Mark's in love with Elyse and I love Karina. One day we'll all marry and make happy families.
What about the other guys from Dance Hall Crashers?
I don't like the other guys in Dance Hall Crashers...I'm not in love with them.
I guess you'll leave them for Scott, maybe?
Scott has a girlfriend in Phoenix.
So he must have been stoked to play that show yesterday (in Phoenix). Yah, he was stoked...he was out there for like a week before. We came out there and he was all, "Oh, are you gonna bring my drumsticks?" He's been humping too much.
Tell me about that Poway show that you were almost going to play, but not really.
Well Poway, for the first time, at this place called the Elk's Lodge, started to have a couple of punk shows. We're all, "Fuck!" At least me because I grew up in Poway and I'm so, like, Poway, like, patriotic. You know, I'm like, I would do anything to play a Poway show. It didn't pull through. I wanted to. Pivit's good friends of ours and at least they got to play but I would love to play a Poway show...anytime, anywhere...personal.
Anything else you want to say to the Internet world out there?
Send Mark Hoppus on the Internet -- I don't know his address -- some naked pictures and then I'll look at them and masturbate. [laughs]
Guys or girls?
Uhh, animals, preferably.
New date to add (found ticket stub for this show) :
09/17/2001 The band performs at the "Raising The Roof" at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma.
found ticket stub for this show :
9/14/1997: The band performs at The Grind in Sacramento, California.
found flyer for those shows :
11/30/2004: The band performs at National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
12/2/2004: The band performs at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
12/3/2004: The band performs at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
12/5/2004: The band performs at Wembley Arena in London, England.
12/7/2004: The band performs at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, England.
12/8/2004: The band performs at Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, England.
found poster for those shows :
7/11/2017: The band performs at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Other bands include Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and The Front Bottoms.
7/12/2017: The band performs at GE Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen, Scotland. Other bands include Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and The Front Bottoms.
found tour poster for this show :
7/12/2012: The band performs at Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool, England.