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The Official, Comprehensive Blink-182 Timeline

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The Official, Comprehensive Blink-182 Timeline!

PART ONE (1992-2002)

PART TWO (2003-present)

Here you'll find a hugely documented history of Blink -- ranging from big personnel changes and album releases, to the minutiae like tour dates, random television appearances, and interviews. This information is spread out over multiple posts ('cause it's SO LONG) but hopefully you can keep up (and maybe we can reformat this one day). All of the information presented here is entirely factual, mostly unbiased (wink!), and more often than not are hyperlinked with sources for the info.

Some contributors/special thanks:

Important dates are in red

Tour dates in blue. If you see a tour date with a * next to it, it was copied over from K£V¥Ñ-¹8², who compiled tour dates for the band years ago. While they by and large check out in terms of sourced information, these are still unsourced.


1972
3/15/1972: Mark Hoppus is born to Tex Hoppus and Kerry Wernz in Ridgecrest, California.

 
1975
11/14/1975: Travis Barker is born to Randy and Gloria Barker in Fontana, California.
12/13/1975: Tom DeLonge is born to Thomas and Connie DeLonge in Poway, California.
 
1978
5/23/1978: Scott Raynor is born.
 
1979
Undated: Travis receives his first drum kit from his mother, which will be his only kit until he is 15.
 
1980
Undated: Mark's parents divorce, leaving an indelible impression on him.
Undated: Travis begins taking drum lessons with a drummer named Thomas Hogan, who would expose him to many different playing styles. At this time, he also began taking trumpet lessons.
 
1983
Undated: Tom begins skateboarding. His love of the sport later becomes integral to his friendships in high school, which helped create Blink.
 
1986
12/25/1986 (est): Tom DeLonge, then a sixth grader, receives a guitar as a Christmas gift from friends.
 
1987
8/1987 (undated): Tom, a seventh grader, visits a friend in Oregon who introduces him to punk rock through bands such as Stiff Little Fingers, Dinosaur Jr and the Descendents.
 
1988
3/4/1988: Mark attends his first-ever concert: They Might Be Giants at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

11/13/1988: One of Mark's earliest bands, The Attic Children, records a demo tape of several songs -- mostly covers of the Cure -- so that Mark can "send it back to Virginia." It surfaced online in 2004/5 from longtime fan daveyjones, who received it from close friend of the band, Kerry Key.
 
1989
Undated: Mark returns to his hometown of Ridgecrest. At this time, he is playing in a band named Of All Things with friends, covering songs by Descendents and Bad Religion. 
Undated: Scott Raynor forms a band with friend Ryan Kennedy to perform at a school competition -- "a kind of 'show and tell' thing."
5/1989: Travis's mother is diagnosed with cancer.
8/1989: Travis loses his mother to cancer one day before first attending high school. It is this event that spurs him to begin taking his drumming seriously.
 
1990
5/1990: Mark graduates from Burroughs High School. Here is video footage of Mark during his senior year, and possible footage of him performing "Silly Girl" by the Descendents at their graduation party.
 
1992
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink-182 is founded.
1-5/1992 (undated):

  • Tom DeLonge, then in his junior year at Poway High School, is expelled after showing up inebriated to a basketball game. He is forced to attend the nearby Rancho Bernardo High School, where he befriends Kerry Key, a musician/photographer, and his girlfriend, Anne Hoppus.
  • At RBNS, Tom enters into a Battle of the Bands competition, performing his original song "Who's Gonna Shave Your Back Tonight?" Drummer Scott Raynor is in attendance, and is later introduced to DeLonge at a party by friend Paul Scott. They soon begin playing music together, shifting through a variety of bassists, according to Joe Shooman in Blink-182: The Bands, the Breakdown & the Return.

8/1/1992: The birth of Blink-182: Mark moves back to San Diego and his sister introduces him to Tom. They begin writing songs in his garage that night. Date confirmation here.

8/1992 (undated): Mark begins attending college at California State University, San Marcos, studying to become an English teacher.

1993
YEAR IN REVIEW: The band records their first two demo tapes -- Flyswatter and Demo No.2.

Undated:

  • Mark begins working at the Wherehouse, a chain music store in San Diego, where he meets Patrick Secor.

Undated (Early 1993):

5/1993 (undated):
  • The band's first-ever recording, the demo Flyswatter, is recorded on a four-track recorder in Scott's bedroom.
  • Tom graduates from Poway High School.
  • Travis graduates from Fontana High School.
Undated: A second demo, known only as Demo #2, is recorded. It later surfaced online from longtime fan daveyjones in 2004/5. The original demo is just a blank cassette; some versions floating around online have fake inserts/etc.
10/1993: The band performs at the Gorilla Pit. Kerry Key snaps photos, and later dubs them "the first Blink show" when he uploads them to Flickr in 2012. It is possible that his date was mistaken, and their show at the Gorilla Pit - if it was indeed their first performance - was in October 1992.
Undated (Late 1993): Pat Secor begins hanging out with the band, attending rehearsals. According to him, as the band grew more competent from performing live, they were eager to "put out a record." 

 
1994
YEAR IN REVIEW: The band records and releases a self-titled cassette demo, later titled Buddha. They sign to Cargo Records and record their first official full-length, Cheshire Cat.

1/1994 (undated): The band records the Buddha cassette -- then just a self-titled demo -- at Doubletime "in twelve hours." It is funded by Pat Secor. Secor was looking to start a label, which he called Filter Records, and fronted the band the money. In an interview later that year, Mark says it cost a "few hundred dollars" to make, and was recorded "over Christmas break." He says the band had it completed by January.
4/28/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. Poster
6/17/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, alongside Loophole, Driptank, and the Muffs. Poster
7/16/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. Poster
7/22/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California.*
8/12/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, as a part of Unwritten Law's album release party. Poster
Late 1994 (undated):
  • Scott Raynor's family moves to Reno, Nevada. Both Anne Hoppus in TFBYM and Joe Shooman credit his brief replacement as their friend Mike Krull. Mark says in a later interview that the band played two shows with him. According to TFBYM, "it felt wrong without Scott" and the band began flying him out to shows.
  • The band signs to Cargo Records with help of Brahm Goodis, son of the label's president Eric Goodis, and O, local stalwart in the music scene and guitarist for Fluf, who were on Cargo. According to Davey Quinn of Tiltwheel (the band's earliest Internet ambassador) via archived posts from the newsgroup alt.punk: Blink "was a defunct band when eric cargo's kid asked pops to sign blink(nothing wrong with that). blink reformed to record and sign contracts." Perhaps they dissolved briefly when Scott was moving to Reno?
  • Cheshire Cat - then titled Inbreed - is recorded at Westbeach Recorders in Los Angeles. Unsatisfied with some aspects of the recordings, they take the reels to Doubletime and re-record guitar tracks and vocals.
  • Mark is interviewed for a local zine. He discusses the Cheshire recording sessions, the "techno band" with a similar name, and their new drummer, Mike.
9/2/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California.*
10/7/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California.*
12/8/1994: The band performs at Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. Poster
12/31/1994: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, as a part of SOMA's New Year Bash. Poster
Undated: 
  • Tom, then 18, witnesses the divorce of his mother and father, prompting him to move out.
  • The band's "first big show," according to TFBYM, occurred at SOMA on a Thursday night when blink opened for Face to Face.
  • Various other places blink played besides SOMA according to TFBYM: Soul Kitchen in El Cajon, YMCAs, Elks Lodges.
 
1995
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink gets renamed Blink-182, they release their debut album, Cheshire Cat, and embark on their first national tour, GoodTimes.
1/21/1995: Davey Quinn of Tiltwheel confirms that Scott Raynor has "rejoined" the band, flying in for shows from Reno. He claims the band has been performing very little since his departure due to his "situation" (i.e., family in Reno).
1/28/1995: The band performs in Lancaster, California alongside Tiltwheel and Skankin Pickle.
2/10/1995: The band performs at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, California.*
2/1995 (undated): Stiff Pole Records releases Six Pack to Go, a compilation CD. Tiltwheel is featured with a song titled "Bl'ink". Quinn says on alt.punk that it is a re-written song from the band's Short Bus EP "when Tom was playing with us."  The song is essentially "Does My Breath Smell?", and can be heard here. Tom's association with Tiltwheel has been present online and on this board for years.
2/17/1995: Blink releases its debut album, Cheshire Cat, on Grilled Cheese, a newly-created division of Cargo Records.
2/24/1995: Cheshire Cat album release party at SOMA with Strung Out, Tiltwheel, Rythym Collision and Openfast.
3/3/1995: The band performs at Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the Billabong S.I.A. Tradeshow Party. Poster
3/25/1995:
  • The band performs at the Big Bear Convention Center in Big Bear, California. Poster
  • Davey Quinn, on alt.punk, records this date as 3/31/1995, though K£V¥Ñ-¹8²'s tour schedule lists it as 3/25/1995 -- it's possible it was rescheduled to 3/25.
3/30/1995: Blink gets an article in the San Diego Union Tribune.
3/31/1995The band performs at the YMCA Skate Park in Kearny Mesa, California alongside Dance Hall Crashers, preceding shows in Anchorage, Alaska and Valdez, Alaska.
4/1/1995: The band performs at Egan Civic Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Poster
4/9/1995The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. (It's unclear whether this was in 1994 or 1995, but likely the latter due to the band's higher placement on the lineup). Poster
4/29/1995: The band performs at Missile Park in San Diego, California, as a part of May Day Festival. Poster
5/28/1995: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. Poster
5-6/1995 (undated): Scott officially moves back to San Diego and moves in with Mark and his sister at his mother's house. Raynor in TFBYM: "That summer I lived with Mark and his family was probably the greatest summer of my life so far. I left home at 17, came to San Diego, we bought a van, finished our first video... I had all kinds of dreams in my head and they were all coming true."
6/1995 (undated):
  • The band secure Rick DeVoe as their manager. He had started a promotion company called Big Dummy under the umbrella of Bill Silva Presents. DeVoe managed Unwritten Law, was the first to promote the Offspring, and was close friends with Pennywise.
  • DeVoe introduced the band to Rick Bonde of the Tahoe Agency, a booking agency based out of Lake Tahoe that worked with bands like Sublime. Bonde and his wife arranged several mini-tours for the band that took them outside SoCal for the first time.
6/3/1995: The band performs at Viva Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of an album release party for Litmus Green. Poster 1, Poster 2
6/11/1995: Punk Sucks, a compilation CD featuring "M+M's", is released. Its later the subject of a bitter dispute on the newsgroup alt.punk between Mark, Tom, and the CD's distributor, Dave Quinn.
6/17/1995: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. Poster
6/23/1995: The band performs at Patterson Hall, in Fresno, California. Poster
6/24/1995: The band performs at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, California.
6/25/1995: The band performs at Blondes in Santa Fe Spring, California.
7/4/1995: The band performs at the Monty's Den, San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.*
7/6/1995: The band performs at the Roxy in Hollywood, California.
7/8/1995: The band performs at "The Barn" at UC Riverside in Riverside, California. Poster
7/18/1995: The band performs at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, California. Kerry Key, friend of the band, takes photos that night, one of which is later used as the cover for the "M+M's" single.
7/22/1995: The band performs at "The Barn" at UC Riverside in Riverside, California.
7/25/1995: The band performs at The Casbah in San Diego, California.*
7/26/1995: The band films a music video for "M+M's", according to a clapperboard seen in the original music video. Here is a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, which was originally released on some low-budget VHS in the 1990s.
7/27/1995: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, opening for Circle Jerks. Video 1, the earliest filmed blink show available, ticket stub
7/28/1995The band performs at Downtown Performance Center in Tucson, Arizona.
7/29/1995The band performs at the Mesa Ampitheatre in Mesa, Arizona.
7/31/1995: The band performs at The Pit in Rockford, Illinois.*
8/4/1995: The band performs at Berkeley Square in Berkley, California.*
8/5/1995: The band performs at Cal State Long Beach in Long Beach, California, as a part of Surf Aid '95.*
8/18/1995: The band performs at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, California. Poster 
9/6/1995: "M+M's" is released as a single.
9/23/1995: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California.*
10/14/1995: The band performs at Galaxy Theatre in Costa Mesa, California.*
10/19/1995: The band performs at The Underground in Santa Barbara, California.
10/21/1995The band performs at the Showcase Theater in Corona, California.
10/22/1995The band performs at SOMA in San Diego.
10/24/1995The band performs at the Nile in Mesa, Arizona.
10/25/1995The band performs at Nations Tobin Park in El Paso, Texas.
10/27/1995The band performs at the Engine Room in Fort Worth, Texas. Video 1
10/28/1995The band performs at Emo's in Austin, Texas.
10/31/1995The band performs at the Milk Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, beginning the GoodTimes tour. Other bands include Pennywise, Pivit, and Unwritten Law. This is the infamous show that Tom was arrested after. Poster
11/1/1995The band performs at the Edge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
11/2/1995The band performs at Embassy in Orlando, Florida.
11/3/1995The band performs at the Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.
11/4/1995The band performs at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg.
11/7/1995The band performs at Mad Monk in Wilmington, North Carolina.
11/8/1995The band performs at the Head Room in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to TFBYM, an all-out bar fight escalates at this show.
11/9/1995The band performs at the Abyss in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
11/10/1995The band performs at Scandals in Ocean City, Maryland.
11/11/1995The band performs at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
11/12/1995The band performs at TBA in New York, New York.
11/18/1995The band performs at After Dark in Honolulu, Hawaii, completing the first leg of the GoodTimes tour. Audio
11/22/1995The band performs at the Galaxy Theatre in Costa Mesa, California. Poster, ticket stub
12/1/1995: The band performs at Stewart's in Mooloolabah, Australia, beginning the second, Australian leg of the GoodTimes tour, alongside Pennywise and Bodyjar.
12/2/1995The band performs at Fisherman's Wharf in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. (K£V¥Ñ-¹8²'s schedule lists this as The Spit, Gold Coast, QLD)
12/3/1995The band performs at Leagues in Central Coast, Australia.
12/5/1995The band performs at Worker's in Newcastle, Australia.
12/6/1995The band performs at Sands Hotel in Narrabeon, Australia.
12/8/1995The band performs at Waves in Woolongong, Australia.
12/9/1995The band performs at Selinas in Sydney, Australia.
12/10/1995The band performs at Phoenician in Sydney, Australia.
12/12/1995The band performs at Metropolis in Perth, Australia.
12/14/1995The band performs at Liberty in Adelaide, Australia.
12/15/1995The band performs at the Palace in Melbourne, Australia. Poster
12/16/1995The band performs at the Palace in Melbourne, Australia, completing the second leg of the GoodTimes tour. Video 1, Poster
12/21/1995: The band receives their first big profile: an article in the Los Angeles Times.
12/21/1995: The band performs at Galaxy Theatre in Costa Mesa, California. Poster 1, Poster 2, ticket stub
12/27/1996: The band performs at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California. Poster
12/31/1995: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, as a part of SOMA's New Year Bash.*
Undated: 
  • Songs from a mysterious Buddha "promo" have circulated online, which includes early versions of "A New Hope" ("Princess Leia") and "Enthused" ("Strung Out"), a song titled "Voyeur" bearing no resemblance to the song of the same name on Dude Ranch, the first-ever appearances of "The Girl Next Door" and "Don't" prior to the 1998 Buddha remaster, plus some songs from Cheshire Cat and Short Bus. Its existence is really the only remaining mystery regarding this timeline. It seems to have surfaced online in the early 2000s. While it's possible it's a fan mash-up consisting of dirty cassette versions of already-released songs, that doesn't explain the inclusion of two previously unreleased demos and one unreleased original. If anyone has any info on this anomaly, let me know!

1996
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink, after a string of 7" singles and heavy touring, begin work on a second album in December. They also sign to MCA, their first major label.
 
Undated: A rough demo version of "Enthused" appears on the compilation Punk... It's All About The Orchis Factor.
Undated: Cheshire Cat sees release on vinyl for the first time.
Undated: The band makes an "oral agreement" with Kung-Fu Records to re-release Buddha in the near future. An anonymous online post in 2013 alleges that the band screwed Pat Secor out of royalties in that release. He had been trying to get the band to put Buddha on CD, it says, but they declined to discuss it. When Secor attempted to sell copies of Buddha without paying royalties, the band got Joe Escalante, lawyer and member of the Vandals, to stop it. Then they let Escalante's label, Kung-Fu, release the album.
1/5/1996: The band performs at Showcase Theatre in Corona, California. Poster, Poster 2, Poster 3
1/6/1996: The band performs at Showcase Theatre in Corona, California. PosterPoster 2
1/26/1996: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California. Poster
1/27/1996: The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California, completing the GoodTimes Tour. Video 1, Poster, ticket stub
2/1995: After a two-month delay, They Came to Conquer Uranus is released. The EP with Swindle, titled Lemmings/Going Nowhere, is set for February, but the band mocks this projection in their newsletter: "look for it this summer!" According to Larry Munroe, who posted tour dates for the band on alt.punk, the split EP did indeed see release that month.
2/9/1996The band performs in Long Beach, California, beginning a short mini-tour, though this show may have been cancelled.
2/10/1996The band performs at Atascadero Academy in Atascadero, California.
2/11/1996The band performs at Palookaville in Santa Cruz, California.
2/13/1996The band performs at Berkley Square in Berkley, California.
2/15/1996The band performs at the Guild Theater in Sacramento, California.
2/17/1996The band performs at Mazzotti's in Las Vegas, Nevada, completing a short mini-tour.
3/1996: The band begins courting major labels, according to TFBYM. According to Joe Shooman's book, these labels included Epitaph, Interscope, and MCA.
3/1/1996The band performs at the Roxy in Los Angeles, beginning a month-long mini-tour.
3/3/1996The band performs at Club 156 in Boulder Colorado.
3/4/1996The band performs at Mercury Cafe in Denver, Colorado.
3/6/1996The band performs at the Metro in Chicago, Illinois alongside Big Angry Fish.
3/9/1996The band performs at Centre de Rocher in Quebec, alongside Ten Foot Pole, Shades Apart, and Youth Brigade.
3/11/1996The band performs at Spectrum in Montreal. Video 1. Video 2 (Soundcheck)
3/12/1996The band performs at Salle St.-Phillipe in Drummondville.
3/13/1996The band performs at Irving Plaza in New York City alongside Fear.
3/15/1996The band performs at Emo's in Austin, Texas as part of an SXSW Showcase with 30:06 and Four Squirrels.
3/18/1996: The band performs at the Wreck Room in Atlanta, Georgia. Video 1
3/20/1996The band performs at Joe Mocha's in St. Petersburg, Florida.
3/21/1996The band performs at Cheers in Miami, Florida.
3/22/1996The band performs at the Milk Bar in Jacksonville, Florida.
3/26/1996The band performs at Emo's in Austin, Texas.
3/28/1996The band performs at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona.
3/30/1996The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, California; this was a free show.
4/1/1996: The band performs at Troubadour in Los Angeles, California.*
4/12/1996: The band performs at the Milk Bar in Jacksonville, Florida.*
4/16/1996: The band performs at the Edge in Palo Alto, California.*
5/3/1996: The band performs at The Dome in San Bernadino, California.* Poster, newspaper flyer, ticket stub
5/5/1996: The band performs at Showcase Theatre in Corona, California.*
5/6/1996: The band performs at Egan Hall in San Bernadino, California.*
5/31/1996: The band performs at The Groove in Honolulu, Hawaii.*
6/4/1996: The band performs at Moscow in West Palm Beach, Florida.*
6/5/1996: The band performs at ?.*
6/7/1996: The band performs at the Milk Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. Poster
6/9/1996: The band performs at Fairbanks Inn in Winter Park, Florida.*
6/13/1996: The band performs at The Palace in Hollywood, California.*
7/4/1996: The band performs at Desert Sky Pavalion in Phoenix, Arizona, kicking off their stint on Warped Tour 1996.*
7/5/1996: The band performs at San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California. Ticket stub
7/6/1996: The band performs at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.*
7/24/1996: The band performs at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan. Video 1
7/29/1996: The band performs at The Underworld in Montreal, Quebec. Video 1
7/31/1996: The band performs at the Capitol Ballroom in Washington, D.C. Video 1
8/1/1996: The band performs at Blockbuster/Sony Entertainment Center in Camden, New Jersey. Poster
8/3/1996: The band performs at Barnstable City Fairgrounds in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Video 1
8/7/1996: The band performs at Bayfront Park & Amphitheatre, in Miami, Florida. Video 1
8/9/1996: The band performs at Cocoa Expo in Cocoa, Florida. Video 1
9/6/1996: The band performs at Orange Pavilion in San Bernadino, California.*
9/28/1996: The band performs at NK Hall in Tokyo, Japan, kicking off their second stint on Warped Tour 1996.*
9/29/1996: The band performs at Imperial Hall in Osaka, Japan.*
9/30/1996: The band performs at Diamond Hall in Nagoya, Japan.*
10/8/1996: The band performs at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, California, alongside Mustard Plug and opening for the Descendents. Poster, ticket stub
10/15/1996: Mark gets into a bitter online dispute with Dave Quinn of Liberation Records via alt.punk. Subjects debated: money, Kung-Fu Records, and the meaning of "punk".
11/1/1996:

11/1996 (undated):

11/14/1996: The band performs at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, opening for Social Distortion. Brooks Wackerman of the Vandals fills in for Scott as a result of his injuries.
11/21/1996: The band releases "Wasting Time" as a Australia-only single that doubles as an Australian tour EP. It contains rough demo versions of "Lemmings" and "Enthused". The date for this release is based on this Amazon listing, which may or may not be totally correct.
11/25/1996: In a thread regarding Less Than Jake's move to a major label on alt.punk, a poster for the first time reveals Blink's new affiliation with MCA.
12/1996: The band begins recording Dude Ranch. Scott is on crutches from his incident.
12/15/1996: The band performs at Crawford Hall in Irvine, California. Ticket stub
12/31/1996: The band performs at the Cox Arena in San Diego, California as a part of 91X's New Years Eve. Poster

 
1997
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink-182 release their second album, Dude Ranch, and go out on numerous tours.

1/24/1997: The band performs at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California. Poster
2/8/1997: The band performs at the Nile Theater, in Mesa, Arizona. Video 1
2/14/1997: The band performs at Old World Hall in Huntington Beach, California. Poster
4/12/1997: The band performs at Boreal Mountain Resort in Soda Springs, California, as a part of Snow Bored? Snowboard & Music Festival. Poster
4/23/1997: The band performs at VFW Hall in Bend, Oregon.
4/24/1997: The band performs at Stage 4 Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
4/25/1997: The band performs at DV8 in Seattle, Washington.
4/26/1997: The band performs at Graceland in Vancouver, British Columbia.
4/27/1997: The band performs at Messoulina Cafe in Kelowna, British Columbia.
4/29/1997: The band performs at Booth Barn in Pocatello, Idaho.
4/30/1997: The band performs at Bogies in Boise, Idaho.
5/1997: The band appears on Loveline. Video 1, Video 2
5/15/1997: The band performs at Lifetime Studios New York, New York for MTV Oddville.
6/17/1997: Dude Ranch is released. It is co-distributed by MCA Records, becoming Blink's first major-label album. MCA organizes midnight sales promotions.
6/21/1997: The band performs at The Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona. Video 1
7/2/1997: The band performs at Hospitality Point in San Diego, California, beginning their stint on Warped Tour 1997.
7/3/1997: The band performs at Olympic Velodrome in Carson, California.
7/5/1997:
7/6/1997: The band performs at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, California. Video 1, Poster
7/9/1997: The band performs at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia.
7/10/1997: The band performs at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Poster
7/11/1997: The band performs at Les Bois Park in Garden City, Idaho.
7/12/1997: The band performs at Utah Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City, Utah.
7/13/1997: The band performs at Franklin Field in Boulder, Colorado.
7/15/1997: The band performs at Burcham Park in Lawrence, Kansas.
7/16/1997: The band performs at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
7/17/1997: The band performs at Midway Stadium in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Poster
7/18/1997: The band performs at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
7/19/1997: The band performs at Western Fair in London, Ontario.
7/20/1997: The band performs at Montreal Hippodrome in Montreal, Quebec.
7/21/1997: The band performs at La Salle Park in Buffalo, New York.
7/22/1997: The band performs at Agora in Cleveland, Ohio.
7/23/1997: The band performs at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkson, Michigan.
7/24/1997: The band performs at IC Light Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
7/25/1997: The band performs at Randall's Island in New York, New York. Video 1
7/26/1997: The band performs in Asbury Park streets and parking lots in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
7/27/1997: The band performs at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Video 1
7/29/1997: The band performs at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts. Video 1
7/30/1997: The band performs at CoreStates Center Parking Lot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
8/2/1997: The band performs at Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Miami, Florida. Video 1, Video 2
8/3/1997: The band performs at Tsunami Complex in Orlando, Florida. Video 1
8/4/1997: The band performs at Club La Vela in Panama City, Florida. Video 1
8/5/1997: The band performs at Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the infamous show where a naked man in an E.T. mask hopped onstage during "Josie". Video 1
8/15/1997: The band performs at ??? in Cologne, Germany.
8/16/1997: The band performs at Colossium in Munich, Germany.
8/17/1997: The band performs at Arena in Vienna, Austria.
8/19/1997: The band performs at Le Dome in Marseille, France.
8/20/1997: The band performs at Bullring in Pamplona, Spain.
8/22/1997: The band performs at Little John's Farm in Reading, England, as a part of the Reading Festival. Poster
8/23/1997: The band performs at Kempische Steenweg in Hasselt, Belgium, as a part of Pukkelpop.
8/24/1997: The band performs at Spijk en Bremerberg in Dronten, Holland, as a part of Lowlands Festival. This completed their stint on Warped Tour 1997.
9/1/1997: The band performs at Fitzgerald's in Houston, Texas. The first show of the Race Around Uranus Tour, with blink co-headlining with Less Than Jake.
9/2/1997: The band performs at El Ray Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
9/4/1997: The band performs at Emo's in Austin, Texas.
9/5/1997: The band performs at Electric Ballroom in Tempe, Arizona.
9/6/1997: The band performs at Citrus Pavilion in San Bernadino, California. Video 1
9/7/1997: The band performs at The Palace in Hollywood, California.
9/8/1997: The band performs at The Palace in Hollywood, California.
9/9/1997: The band performs at Rialto Theatre (The Rock) in Tucson, Arizona. Poster
9/10/1997: The band performs at Emerald City in Santa Barbara, California.
9/11/1997: The band performs at Emerald City in Santa Barbara, California.
9/12/1997: The band performs at Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma, California.
9/13/1997: The band performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
9/14/1997: The band performs at The Grind in Sacramento, California.
9/16/1997: The band performs at La Luna in Portland, Oregon. Poster
9/17/1997: The band performs at Rock Candy in Seattle, Washington.
9/18/1997: The band performs at Xenon in Moscow, Idaho.
9/19/1997: The band performs at Gallatin Fairgrounds in Bozeman, Montana.
9/20/1997: The band performs at Bicks in Salt Lake City, Utah.
9/21/1997: The band performs at Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
9/23/1997: The band performs at Pomp Room in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
9/24/1997: The band performs at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
9/25/1997: The band performs at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
9/26/1997: The band performs at The Metro in Chicago, Illinois. Poster
9/27/1997: The band performs at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac, Michigan.
9/28/1997: The band performs at Odeon in Cleveland, Ohio.
9/29/1997: The band performs at Olberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Setlist
9/30/1997: The band performs at Club Laga in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
10/1/1997: The band performs at Walter Street Music Hall in Rochester, New York.
10/2/1997: The band performs at Le Spectrum in Montreal, Quebec. Video 1
10/3/1997: The band performs at Tramps in New York, New York.
10/4/1997: The band performs at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
10/5/1997
10/6/1997: The band performs at Capitol Ballroom in Washington, D.C..
10/7/1997: The band performs at Peabody's in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
10/8/1997: The band performs at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina.
10/9/1997: The band performs at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia.
10/10/1997: The band performs at Shades in Orange Park, Florida.
10/11/1997: The band performs at Alachua Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Florida, concluding the Race Around Uranus Tour.
11/1997: Mainstream rock stations receive "Dammit".
11/7/1997: The band performs at the MTV Sports and Music Festival along with 311, Everclear, Reel Big Fish, Smash Mouth, the Crystal Method, the Offspring and Wu-Tang Clan. Video 1
11/13/1997: The band performs at Sala KTDral in Madrid, Spain. Poster
11/19/1997: The band performs at Babylonia in Biella, Italy. Poster
11/24/1997: The band performs at LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany. Poster
11/26/1997: The band performs at Bren Center at UC Irvine in Irvine, California. Poster, ticket stub, video
12/2/1997: The band performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, Massachusettes, as a part of the WBCN Xmas Rave. Poster
12/15/1997 (estimated): MTV picks up the video for "Dammit," putting it into stress rotation.
Undated, Late 1997:
  • Blink records two new songs with Mark Trombino: "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" and "Mutt". IWBHFC is released as a promo single, while "Mutt" is placed on the soundtrack for The Show, a new Taylor Steele surf video released the following February. Blink later re-records "Mutt" with Jerry Finn during the Enema sessions; that version is heard in American Pie.
  • daveyjones and his girlfriend at the time interview Mark at his apartment for a school paper. A thread from davey with some great photos of Mark from then can be found in this thread, while a recording he made can be found here.

 
1998
YEAR IN REVIEW: Heavy year of touring for Blink. In the midst of this, they dismiss original drummer Scott Raynor after his alcoholism begins affecting the band, and they add Aquabats drummer Travis Barker.

1/9/1998: The band performs at Rosebank Domain in Auckland, New Zealand.
1/11/1998The band performs at Spit in Gold Coast, Australia.
1/14/1998The band performs at Soccer Grounds in Byron Bay, Australia.
1/15/1998The band performs at Oval in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
1/17/1998The band performs at Manley Skate Bowl in Sydney, Australia.
1/18/1998The band performs at Beach in Aulladalla, Australia.
1/21/1998The band performs at TBA in Perth, Australia.
1/23/1998The band performs at Adelaide University in Adelaide, Australia.
1/24/1998
1/25/1998The band performs at TBA in Melbourne, Australia.
1/28/1998The band performs at Club Citta in Tokyo, Japan.
1/29/1998The band performs at Bayside Jenny in Osaka, Japan.
1/31/1998The band performs at TBA in Oahu, Hawaii.
2/3/1998: The soundtrack to The Show is released; it contains a new Blink song, "Mutt", which was later re-recorded for Enema of the State.
2/4/1998: The band return home from Warped and are slated to film a music video for "Josie" in the coming days. This was probably the original video.
2/7/1998The band begins SnoCore 98 in San Bernadino, California. SnoCore is notable within the band's history as it is when tensions between Mark/Tom and Scott arise, according to TFBYM.
2/8/1998The band performs at Club Rio in Tempe, Arizona.
2/9/1998The band performs at RIMAC Arena in San Diego. Poster
2/10/1998The band performs at San Jose Events Center in San Jose, California.
2/11/1998The band performs at Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Poster
2/13/1998The band performs at Salt Air Pavilion in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2/14/1998The band performs at the Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2/15/1998The band performs at Bank of America Center in Boise, Idaho.
2/17/1998The band performs at Adams Fieldhouse in Missoula, Montana.
2/18/1998The band performs at Sno King Center in Jackson, Wyoming.
2/20/1998The band performs at Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado.
2/21/1998The band performs at Mammoth Events Center in Denver, Colorado.
2/23/1998: The band performs at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Video 1
2/25/1998
  • The band performs at Sokol Hall in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Joe Shooman, in his book Blink-182: The Bands, The Breakdown & The Return, says Blink reaches a "low point" while on this tour date - though no further explanation is given. He interviews Scott heavily in the book, so perhaps Scott may have remembered this date though failed to elaborate.
  • A 2017 post on Reddit purports that this was Travis's first show as drummer of blink; the poster claims he saw Travis play both his set with the Aquabats and blink.
2/26/1998The band performs at Dane County Expo Hall in Madison, Wisconsin.
2/27/1998The band performs at Madison Theater in Peoria, Illinois.
2/28/1998The band performs at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
3/1/1998The band performs at State Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
3/3/1998
3/4/1998The band performs at Congress Center in Ottawa, Ontario.
3/5/1998The band performs at IKEA in Quebec City, Quebec. Poster
3/6/1998The band performs at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. 
3/7/1998The band performs at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont. Video 1, interview with Mark
3/8/1998
  • The band performs at State Theatre in Portland, Maine.
  • The band performs "Josie" on MuchMusic. Video 1. Though the host says it is live, it is more likely it was taped during their visit to Toronto on 3/3/1998.
3/10/1998The band performs at Dome Arena in Rochester, New York.
3/11/1998The band performs at Captiol Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
3/13/1998The band performs at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
3/14/1998The band performs at Beaver Goldendome in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
3/15/1998The band performs at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
3/16/1998The band performs at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, concluding their stint on SnoCore 98.
3/17/1998: The band performs "Dammit" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
3/19/1998: Blink gets their first profile in Rolling Stone: "Young, Loud & Snotty: Blink 182 are San Diego Punks on a Gross Out Mission"
4/18/1998: The band goes on a short mini-tour along the West Coast. During this tour, Scott suffers a "tragic loss" (the details of which have never been disclosed) and flies home. For the first time, Blink gets a fill-in drummer: Travis Barker from the Aquabats. Travis learns the drum tracks for the 20-song setlist in only 45 minutes before the first show and performed them flawlessly thereafter.
4/26/1998: The band performs at the Cox Arena in San Diego, California, as a part of 91X's and 106.3's Spring Fling. Poster
5/1/1998:
  • The band performs at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, completing the mini-tour. Poster
  • Scott returns for this show, but tensions only grow worse.
5/1998 (undated): The band are "guest programmers" for RAGE, an Australian TV network. The interview is filmed in May and airs on 6/27/1998.
5/9/1998: The band performs at University of Redlands in Redlands, California as a part of Mayfest. Video 1
5/13/1998: The band performs at Powerstation in Auckland, New Zealand. Poster
5/15/1998: The band performs at the Palace in Melbourne, Australia. Poster
5/16/1998:
  • The band performs a the Palace in Melbourne, Australia. Poster
  • The band is interviewed and performs on Recovery. Video 1, Video 2, Video 3
5/17/1998: The band performs at Thebarton in Adelaide, Australia. Poster
5/19/1998: The band performs at Metropolis in Freemantle, Australia. Poster
5/21/1998: The band performs at Waves in Wollongong, Australia. Poster
5/22/1998: The band performs at Selinas in Sydney, Australia. Poster
5/23/1998: The band performs at Wentworth Building at Sydney University in Sydney, Queensland. Poster
5/24/1998: The band performs at Arena in Brisbane, Queensland. Poster
5/31/1998: The band performs at WBCN River Rave '98 at Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusettes. Video footage of this show has Scott still on drums.
6/1/1998: The band performs at Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, New York. We can reasonably assume Scott was still on drums, which might make this his final show with the band.
6/15/1998: The band performs at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. It is Travis Barker's first show as a member of the band. Video footage here.
6/16/1998: The band appears on Loveline. Video 1, Video 2
6/27/1998: The band are "guest programmers" for RAGE. Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, Video 5
7/1998 (undated): Mark and Tom give Scott an ultimatum: Stop drinking and go to rehab, or get kicked out of the band. Despite his agreement to do both, he is fired over a phone call.
7/14/1998: News breaks that Raynor's out of the band via MTV News. Reason? "Reportedly to return to school."
7/28/1998The band performs at Ventura Concert Theatre in Ventura, California, beginning the first leg of the PooPoo PeePee tour. It is Travis Barker's first major tour as a member of the band. Supporting acts include Unwritten Law and the Assorted Jellybeans. MxPx (8/4-8/23), Home Grown (7/28-7/30, 8/2-8/23), Jimmy Eat World (7/28-7/30, 8/2-8/6), and Wade. At this show, the Ataris are a supporting act.
7/29/1998The band performs at Ventura Concert Theatre in Venutra, California. At this show, the Ataris are a supporting act.
7/30/1998The band performs at Egan Civic Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
7/31/1998The band performs at Timberbowl (Big Stink '98) in Estacada, Oregon. 
8/1/1998The band performs at Kitsap Bowl in Bremerton, Washington.
8/2/1998The band performs at Maritime in San Francisco, California.
8/4/1998The band performs at Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California.
8/5/1998The band performs at Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada.
8/6/1998The band performs at Skateworld in Boise, Idaho. Video 1
8/7/1998The band performs at Playfair Race Track in Spokane, Washington.
8/8/1998The band performs at Galltin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, Montana.
8/9/1998The band performs at Bannick County Fairgrounds in Pocatello, Idaho.
8/11/1998The band performs at Wasatch Events Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
8/12/1998The band performs at Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
8/13/1998The band performs at Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.
8/14/1998The band performs at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas.
8/15/1998The band performs at the Galaxy in St. Louis, Missouri.
8/16/1998The band performs at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois.
8/18/1998The band performs at Quest Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
8/19/1998The band performs at the Rave Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
8/20/1998The band performs at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio.
8/21/1998The band performs a free show at Irvine Meadows in Los Angeles alongside MxPx, Home Grown, and Sprung Monkey; this date was not a part of the PooPoo PeePee tour.
8/22/1998The band performs at Metropol in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At this show, Loose Nuts are a supporting act.
8/23/1998The band performs at Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland, Ohio, concluding the first leg of the PooPoo PeePee tour. At this show, Loose Nuts are a supporting act.
8/28/1998The band performs at the University of Arizona (Mall Stage) in Tucson, Arizona; this was a random one-off date.
9/19/1998The band performs at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona alongside Harvey Danger,
Sugar Ray, Fuel, and Lenny Kravitz; this was a random one-off date.
9/25/1998The band performs at RPM Warehouse in Toronto, Ontario, beginning the second leg of the PooPoo PeePee tour. Supporting acts include Unwritten Law and the Assorted Jellybeans. At this show, the Vandals are a supporting act.
9/26/1998The band performs at the University of Montreal (Cepsum Room) in Montreal, Quebec. At this show, the Vandals are a supporting act. Video 1, includes an interview from that day
9/27/1998The band performs at the Avalon in Newburgh, New York.
9/28/1998: The band is interviewed for MuchMusic. Video 1
9/29/1998The band performs at Irving Plaza in New York City.
9/30/1998The band performs at Webster Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.
10/1/1998The band performs at Hunka Hunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey alongside Reel Big Fish, Spring Heeled Jack, and Frenzal Rhomb.
10/2/1998The band performs at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
10/3/1998The band performs at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Poster
10/4/1998The band performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Riverfenix joins as a supporting act on this date.
10/9/1998The band performs at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
10/11/1998The band performs at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida.
10/23/1998The band performs at SOMA in San Diego.
10/24/1998The band performs at SOMA in San Diego, concluding the second leg of the PooPoo PeePee tour.
10/1998: Blink is set to begin working on their third studio album. Whether or not this panned out is undocumented, but it's likely this is when they began demo-ing at DML Studios in San Diego.
11/15/1998The band performs at Kualoa Ranch in Honolulu, Hawaii as a part of the Big Mele '98; this was a random one-off date. Poster

 
1999
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink record and release their third album, Enema of the State, becoming superstars in the process as it sells millions. They tour heavily and make dozens of TV appearances.

1/1999-3/1999 (undated): Enema of the State is recorded at Signature Sound and Studio West in San Diego, Mad Hatter Studios and The Bomb Factory in Los Angeles, Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, and Big Fish Studios in Encinitas, California. "When it was done, we were so stoked. It was like a masterpiece for our band. We knew this was going to be the best thing we ever did," said Tom in TFBYM.
2/14/1999: Mark watches Can't Hardly Wait, a teen film that featured "Dammit" on the soundtrack. Inspired by the film, he writes "Going Away to College" as a last-minute addition to the album. Travis has to return to LA to record his drum tracks for it.
3/9/1999: The group's third album, Enema of the State, is announced, with a preliminary release date of June 15.
3/12/1999: Photo shoot for Enema of the State. At this point, the album's titled Turn Your Head and Cough.
4/5/1999: Kung-Fu Records sues Cargo/MCA in a dispute involving Buddha. The $1.1 million dollar suit alleges that MCA/Cargo impeded the label's progress in releasing Buddha.
4/18/1999: The band performs in Toronto, Ontario for Musique Plus. Video 1
4/19/1999: The band streams a medley of songs from Enema of the State via a2b digital, an early digital distribution site. Included in the preview are 30-second clips of What's My Age Again?, Aliens Exist and Going Away to College.
5/18/1999: The band performs in Toronto, Ontario for Musique Plus. Video 1
5/29/1999: The band performs at Union Square in San Francisco, California. Video 1
5/30/1999: The band performs for MTV Castaway Countdown. Video 1
6/14/1999: The band appears on Loveline. Video 1, Video 2
6/18/1999: The band performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Video 1
6/25/1999: The band performs at Retama Park in San Antonio, Texas, beginning their stint on Warped Tour 1999.
6/26/1999: The band performs at Astroarena Parking Lot in Houston, Texas.
6/27/1999: The band performs at Artists Square in Dallas, Texas.
6/30/1999: The band performs at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California.
7/1/1999: The band performs at Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, California. Video 1
7/2/1999: The band performs at Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, California.
7/3/1999: The band performs at Network Association Coliseum Parking Lot in Oakland, California.
7/4/1999: The band performs at Boreal Ridge Resort in Lake Tahoe, California.
7/6/1999: The band performs at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon.
7/7/1999: The band performs at Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia.
7/8/1999: The band performs at Kingdome Parking Lot in Seattle, Washington.
7/9/1999: The band performs at Boise Center in Boise, Idaho.
7/10/1999: The band performs at Utah State Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City, Utah.
7/11/1999: The band performs at Mile High Greyhound in Denver, Colorado.
7/13/1999: The band performs at Riverport Parking Lot in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
7/14/1999: The band performs at New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.
7/15/1999: The band performs at Flats At Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio.
7/16/1999: The band performs at Randalls Island in New York, New York.
7/17/1999: The band performs at Northampton Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts.
7/18/1999: The band performs at Stone Pony Lot in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
7/20/1999: The band performs at I.C. Light Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
7/21/1999: The band performs at CoreStates Complex Parking Lot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
7/22/1999: The band performs at La Salle Park in Buffalo, New York.
7/23/1999: The band performs at Parc Des Illes in Montreal, Quebec. Video 1
7/24/1999: The band performs at Docks in Toronto, Ontario.
7/25/1999: The band performs at Pontiac Street in Pontiac, Michigan. Poster, Poster 2
7/27/1999: The band performs at TBA in Washington, D.C.
7/28/1999: The band performs for Donny & Marie. Video 1
7/29/1999: The band performs at TBA in Atlanta, Georgia.
7/30/1999: The band performs at TBA in Orlando, Florida.
7/31/1999: The band performs at Pompano Beach Amphitheater Parking Lot in Pompano Beach, Florida, ending their stint on Warped Tour 1999. Video 1
8/12/1999: The band performs at Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City, California for the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. Video 1
9/9/1999: The band performs in New York, New York for the MTV Video Music Awards. Video 1
9/17/1999: The band is interviewed by Zane Lowe for MTV's brand:new. The interview does not air until sometime in early 2000. Video 1
10/15/1999: The band performs in NBC Studios Burbank in Burbank, California for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Video 1
10/21/1999: The band performs at Famous Stars and Straps in Corona, California. Video 1
10/30/1999: The band performs at Cox Arena in San Diego, California. Video 1
11/2/1999The band performs at Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, California, beginning the Loserkids Tour -- their first arena tour.
11/3/1999The band performs at Cal Poly Rec Center in San Luis Obispo, California.
11/4/1999The band performs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. This show was recorded and is partially the basis of the band's 2000 live album, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back).
11/5/1999The band performs at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. This show was recorded and is partially the basis of the band's 2000 live album, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back).
11/8/1999The band performs at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
11/10/1999The band performs at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
11/11/1999The band performs at Parc Jarry in Montreal, Quebec. Video 1
11/12/1999The band performs at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts.
11/13/1999
  • The band performs at Roseland Ballroom in New York, New York.
  • The band performs at Hilton Parking Garage in Las Vegas Nevada for MTV Sports & Music Festival 3-D. Video 1. Pre-taped performance, unknown recording date
11/14/1999The band performs at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
11/16/1999The band performs at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
11/18/1999The band performs at UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida.
11/19/1999The band performs at Riverview Music Shed in Jacksonville, Florida.
11/20/1999The band performs at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia, ending the Loserkids Tour.
11/30/1999
  • The Urethra Chronicles, the band's first home video, is released.
  • The band performs at Electric Ballroom, in London, England. This show was recorded and was partially released as bonus tracks on the "All the Small Things" single. Video 1
12/8/1999: The band appears at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for 1999 Billboard Music Awards. Video 1
12/31/1999: The band performs at MTV Studios in New York, New York for MTV New Years Eve. Video 1
 
2000
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink-182 spends the year touring heavily, including their first huge headlining tour. They release a live album in celebration, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!).
Undated: The band performs at MTV Europe Studios Europe. Video 1
1/8/2000: The band performs at Studio 8-H, Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York for Saturday Night Live.
1/26/2000: The band performs at Homebush Bay's RAS Showgrounds in Sydney, Australia, as a part of Big Day Out 2000. This show was broadcast on Channel V Australia, and is often considered a classic blink show. Video 1
1/28/2000: The band performs at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne, Australia, as a part of Big Day Out 2000. Video 1
2/23/2000: The band performs at the Club 600 North Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida for MTV Spring Break 2000. Video 1
2/25/2000: The band performs at MTV Studios in New York, New York for MTV FANatic. Video 1
4/28/2000: The band performs in NBC Studios Burbank in Burbank, California for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
5/2000: The band graces the cover of Australian Rolling Stone.
5/11/2000The band performs at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California, beginning The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour.
5/12/2000The band performs at Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California.
5/13/2000The band performs at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
5/15/2000The band performs at Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas, Texas.
5/16/2000The band performs at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
5/17/2000The band performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.
5/19/2000The band performs at Miami Arena in Miami, Florida.
5/20/2000The band performs at Tampa Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida.
5/21/2000The band performs at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
5/24/2000The band performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, South Carolina.
5/25/2000The band performs at Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre in Camden, New Jersey.
5/28/2000The band performs at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey.
5/29/2000The band performs at Worcester Centrum Center in Worcester, Massachusettes.
5/30/2000The band performs at BLANK in Wantagh, New York.
6/2/2000The band performs at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario.
6/3/2000The band performs at Darien Lake PAC in Darien, New York.
6/4/2000
  • The band performs at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
  • Travis is injured in a fight prior to the concert; Fenix TX guitarist Damon Delapaz takes his place for the rest of the tour.
6/7/2000The band performs at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Ohio.
6/8/2000The band performs at Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
6/9/2000The band performs at Pine Knob Music Amphitheatre in Clarkson, Michigan.
6/10/2000The band performs at New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.
6/11/2000The band performs at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota.
6/15/2000The band performs at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
6/16/2000The band performs at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.
6/17/2000The band performs at Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
6/20/2000The band performs at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.
6/21/2000The band performs at Oakland Arena in Oakland, California.
6/22/2000The band performs at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. Poster
6/24/2000The band performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, California.
6/25/2000The band performs at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.
6/28/2000The band performs at E Center in West Valley City, Utah.
6/29/2000The band performs at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
6/30/2000The band performs at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Kansas.
7/1/2000The band performs at Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
7/2/2000The band performs at Marcus Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, completing the first leg of The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour.
7/26/2000: The band performs a secret show for online viewers at the Casbah in San Diego, part of the Digital Club Festival, a series of concert webcasts from venues around the country. Video 1
8/3/2000: The band graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
8/4/2000: The site Yride launches with the complete 30 show tour documented. According to the site, "Every week, yride will release a new blink-182 concert for you to view."
8/27/2000: The band performs at the Reading Festival. This show was broadcast on Channel V Australia.
8/30/2000: Blink wins the KERRANG Award's trophy for Best Video for "All The Small Things."
9/7/2000: The band performs at Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. They play both the pre-show and close the award show. In addition, they win Best Group Video for "All the Small Things". Video 1

12/21/2000: MTV's "The Road Home" special featuring Blink airs.
12/31/2000: The band performs at the Cox Arena in San Diego, California, as part of a Special New Years Eve show. Poster
 
2001
YEAR IN REVIEW: Blink record and release their fourth album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which is similarly successful to its predecessor. Touring, TV appearances. Cracks begin to show, however, after a contentious recording process and back injury lead Tom to explore other opportunities on an experiment: Box Car Racer.

1/2001-3/2001 (undated): Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is recorded at Signature Sound in San Diego, and Larrabee Studios West and Cello Studios in Hollywood (the LA sessions mainly for Travis's drums). "We took long dinner breaks, ate Sombrero burritos, watched Family Guy and Mr. Show, and laughed way too hard," recalled Mark in 2013.
2/22/2001: The band's fourth album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, is given a title and release date.
2/26/2001: Enema of the State is certified five times platinum in the US.
3/4/2000: The band has a photo shoot for Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.
3/5/2000: Band videographer/blogger Cheetah makes his first appearance! "Well ladies and gentleman I'm your gateway into the goings on of BLINK-182 and I'll do my damnedest to give you updates on every little thing that comes my way, from personal stories to quotes to exclusive video footage. It's my intention to bring to you Mark, Tom & Travis as never seen before!!" he writes. Cheetah is definitely to thank for tons of information on the band's goings-on during this time, which are archived here!
3/13/2001: Blink has a photo shoot with Alternative Press.
3/31/2001The band performs at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, North Island, beginning the second leg of The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour.
4/2/2001The band performs at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland.
4/4/2001The band performs at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales.
4/6/2001The band performs at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria.
4/7/2001The band performs at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.
4/9/2001The band performs at Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Western Australia, ending The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Tour.
4/10/2001:

4/18/2001: The album cover for Take Off Your Pants and Jacket debuts.
4/30/2001: Blink kicks off the inaugural Honda Civic Tour in Seattle, Washington.

4/30/2001The band performs at Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington, beginning the Honda Civic Tour.
5/1/2001The band performs at Warfield in San Francisco, California.
5/2/2001
5/4/2001The band performs at Roseland Ballroom in New York, New York.
5/5/2001The band performs at Palladium in Boston, Massachusetts.
5/6/2001The band performs at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
5/7/2001The band performs at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
5/9/2001The band performs at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
5/10/2001The band performs at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, ending the Honda Civic Tour.
5/18/2001:

5/19/2001: Blink hosts MTV's All Time Funniest Videos special.
5/22/2001:

5/31/2001: Access Hollywood broadcasts a segment from the video shoot for "The Rock Show".
6/11/2001: Mark and Tom do a video Q&A online, sponsored Yahoo! Chats and GetMusic.
6/12/2001

6/13/2001: Blink do two in-store signings at Tower Records in Rockville, Maryland and CD World in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
6/14/2001: The band performs "The Rock Show" on the Late Show with David Letterman.

6/15/2001:

6/16/2001: Blink do two in-store signings at Virgin Megastore in San Francisco, California and Warehouse in Costa Mesa, California.
6/17/2001: Blink do an in-store signing at Warehouse in San Diego.
6/18/2001: Blink make an appearance on the Jim Rome Show.
6/21/2001: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket debuts at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's first number one album. The album sold 350,000 units in the U.S. in its opening week, going on to go platinum twice. In the process, it becomes the first punk rock (debatable to some) album to ever hit number one.
6/22/2001:

6/23/2001: The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, California, as a part of KROQ Weenie Roast 2001.
7/5/2001: The band performs at Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, Wiconsin, as a part of Summerfest 2001.
7/6/2001The band performs at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, beginning the Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Tour.
7/7/2001The band performs at Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois.
7/9/2001The band performs at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
7/10/2001
7/11/2001The band performs at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
7/13/2001The band performs at Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
7/14/2001The band performs at Rivers Edge Amphitheatre in Somerset, Wisconsin. This was a Warped Tour date and not a part of the Take Off tour.
7/15/2001The band performs at Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Maryland.
7/17/2001The band performs at Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettown, Pennsylvania.
7/19/2001The band performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
7/21/2001The band performs at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
7/22/2001The band performs at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
7/23/2001The band performs at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien, New York.
7/24/2001The band performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
7/26/2001The band performs at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.
7/27/2001The band performs at Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey.
7/28/2001The band performs at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Massachusetts.
7/29/2001The band performs at Coors Light Amphitheatre at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
7/31/2001The band performs at Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina.
8/2001: The band graces the cover of German Rolling Stone.
8/2/2001The band performs at Mars Music Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.
8/3/2001
8/5/2001The band performs at AmSouth Amphitheater in Antioch, Tennessee.
8/7/2001The band performs at Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas.
8/8/2001The band performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.
8/9/2001The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma, Texas.
8/11/2001The band performs at Coors Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
8/13/2001The band performs at E Center in West Valley, Utah.
8/14/2001
8/15/2001The band performs at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
8/17/2001The band performs at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.
8/18/2001The band performs at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
8/21/2001The band performs at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
8/22/2001The band performs at Telus Field in Edmonton, Alberta.
8/25/2001The band performs at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, a part of Edgefest II.
8/26/2001The band performs at Ottawa Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
8/28/2001The band performs at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec.
8/29/2001The band performs at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec.
9/1/2001The band performs at Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
9/2/2001The band performs at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York.
9/3/2001The band performs at ctnow.com Meadows Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut, a part of Radio 104 Fest 2001.
9/8/2001The band performs at Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre in Sacramento, California.
9/9/2001The band performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
9/12/2001: In response to the 9/11 attacks, Blink postpones two of their shows in Anaheim and Long Beach, California.
9/14/2001The band performs at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
9/19/2001The band performs at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.
9/21/2001The band performs at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California, ending the Take Off Your Pants and Jacket Tour. Poster (It reads 9/15, but it was rescheduled after 9/11)
10/9/2001: An official Blink biography, Tales From Beneath Your Mom, is published.
10/11/2001:

10/25/2001: Blink films a guest spot for MADtv.
10/30/2001: The band do an in-store book signing at a Virgin Megastore in Cost Mesa, California.
11/7/2001: The music video for "Stay Together For The Kids" premieres online. It begins MTV rotation the next day. 
11/8/2001: Blink performs at the MTV Europe Music Awards in a disastrous performance of "First Date". In 2012 post on Google+, Mark recounted the story: "Unfortunately, one of the guitars used by Depeche Mode from their performance earlier in the night still had its wireless transmitter on, and of course it was set to the same frequency as Tom's guitar. After the intro, his guitar cut out completely for the rest of the song. So our triumphant show-closing performance fell flat, as Travis and I played a drum and bass remix and Tom sang along, hoping desperately that something would happen and his guitar would turn back on, or time would stop completely and we could all disappear." Well, hey, at least they won "Best Rock Act".
11/15/2001: Tom is interviewed on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. Video 1
11/24/2001: Blink's guest appearance on MADtv is broadcast: a sketch called "Leave It to Blink-182".
11/28/2001: Blink-182 do an AOL chat.
11/29/2001: The band performs "First Date" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
12/2001 (undated): Box Car Racer is recorded over six weeks. The secrecy surrounding this project, as well as Travis's involvement, do not sit well with Mark, to put it mildly. From a historical perspective, this should be regarded as the beginning of the end of the original run of the band. Things were never the same, and they've admitted it.
12/4/2001: The band is on the 2001 Billboard Music Awards.
12/8/2001: Blink is on FOX's "NFL Under the Helmet".
12/21/2001: The band announces the European leg of the Take Off tour is cancelled. The dates were due to begin Jan. 4 in Zurich and close Jan. 23 in Milan. 
12/31/2001: The band is on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
 
2002
YEAR IN REVIEW: Box Car Racer causes problems in Blink, mostly between Mark, who feels betrayed, and Tom. The band embarks on a big co-headlining tour with Green Day, but aside from that, not much activity. Travis spends more time on a side project, Transplants, while Tom works more on Box Car Racer.

4/17/2002: The band performs at Centennial Garden in Bakersfield, California, beginning the Pop Disaster Tour.
4/19/2002: The band performs at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
4/20/2002: The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
4/23/2002: The band performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
4/24/2002:
4/25/2002: The band performs at Coors Amphitheater in San Diego, California.
4/27/2002: The band performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, California.
4/28/2002: The band performs at Sacramento Valley Amphitheater in Sacramento, California.
4/29/2002: The band performs at Oakland Arena in Oakland, California.
5/1/2002: The band performs at Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.
5/3/2002: The band performs at E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
5/4/2002: The band performs at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.
5/6/2002:
  • The band performs at Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • The Urethra Chronicles II: Harder Faster Faster Harder, the band's second home video, is released.
5/7/2002: The band performs at Sandstone Amphitheater in Kansas City, Missouri.
5/9/2002: The band performs at Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, Texas.
5/10/2002The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphiteheatre in Selma, Texas.
5/11/2002The band performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.
5/13/2002The band performs at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, Alabama.
5/14/2002: The band performs at Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida.
5/15/2002: The band performs at Mars Music Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.
5/17/2002: The band performs at TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida.
5/18/2002: The band performs at HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
5/19/2002: The band performs at Alltell Pavilion in Raleigh, North Carolina.
5/20/2002: The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.
5/22/2002: The band performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
5/23/2002: The band performs at Hershey Park Pavilion in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
5/24/2002: The band performs at  PNC Bank Arts Center in  Holmdel, New Jersey.
5/25/2002: The band performs at in Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
5/27/2002: The band performs at New England Dodge Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
5/28/2002: The band performs at Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey.
5/30/2002: The band performs at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
5/31/2002: The band performs at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
6/1/2002: The band performs at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.
6/2/2002: The band performs at Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
6/4/2002: The band performs at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York.
6/5/2002: The band performs at MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
6/7/2002: The band performs at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario.
6/8/2002: The band performs at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
6/9/2002: The band performs at Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
6/11/2002: The band performs at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.
6/12/2002: The band performs at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
6/14/2002: The band performs at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
6/15/2002: The band performs at Tweeter Center (World Music Center) in Chicago, Illinois.
6/16/2002:
6/17/2002: The band performs at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, concluding the Pop Disaster Tour.
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Feel free to take any of the info from the blink 2015 timeline thread! A lot of it was stuff you contributed anyway. This is a cool idea.


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I don't know if any of you were in a forum of something to gauge the general fan bases feelings, but what were the reactions like when Boxcar got announced? 


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I don't know if any of you were in a forum of something to gauge the general fan bases feelings, but what were the reactions like when Boxcar got announced? 

 

I remember general excitement. Also this was a time when blink being "punk" was kind of debated and actually questioned exhaustedly. Some speculated that this was Tom's attempt to be "punk" and stop making commercial music like blink. He was citing bands like Fugazi, Quicksand, Pennywise, etc. Also when it came out a lot of people responded to Tim Armstrong being on it. A lot of gutter punks on the web saw it as a veiled attempt to be "punk" and have cred again. What a time huh?

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I don't remember it being that big of a deal. I hadn't quite joined this message board yet, but I don't remember much online hype. People thought it was good, but no one saw the cracks it was forming in blink's foundation.


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Well, to general blink fans it was kind of big, but not anybody else. I remember debates as to whether it was Box Car Racer or BoxCar Racer.


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I just remember being in middle school and snapping my arm literally in half and needing this big surgery with pins.  I went to the record store and bought BCR and this weird "tribute to blink-182" CD  with a bunch of random bands covering blink songs. 


 


I was out of school for like 2 months, listening to that BCR album non-stop.  It was the perfect album for what I was going through.  Maybe all the percocet helped me connect with Tom's writing space, lol. 


 


Anyways, that "tribute" CD is so horrendous you guys wouldn't believe it.  I might upload it sometime.


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That album felt like 2002 and was a great for me about to be a freshman in high school.


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update: just added TONS of details from 2008-now. it's astonishing how many promises this band made were broken. i was around in 2009/10, but i don't even remember THIS many. go take a look. it's embarrassing how bad they couldn't function during that time. makes me all the more excited for skiba.


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Such an interesting read. Very dysfunctional.


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11/16/2009: Travis gets nostalgic about the Blink tour: "No doubt, it was the best tour of our lives, ever. The most fun I’ve ever had on a Blink tour with Mark and Tom. couldn’t have got through the lowest of lows on that tour without Mark and Tom, so it was a blessing in disguise. … I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else when any of the bad news or the unfortunate things happened this summer. I couldn’t have been in a better place than with two of my best friends."

Ahh man. Reading that bums me out. I do think that first tour was probably before most of the problems started setting in. That time period just seemed too good to be true. I remember I could hardly believe that blink-182 was actually back together. Seeing them that year was like a dream.

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it is pretty disappointing. when i was going through those articles (and there are more to come) talking blink circa 2009, you get the idea that mark was stoked beyond compare, travis was like hell yeah let's do this, and tom was like, "ha ha... cool..." in fact, people were already talking about their body language at the grammy's and how awkward it looked. it's a real shame they couldn't get it together.


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man you realize what a joke these last few years really were for this band


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That's when the "Tom doesn't want to be there" meme started.


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I saw this one back in 2011 and it made me laugh so I saved it.


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Keep it up!  :]   I'm way too lazy to contribute, sorry, but if you need anything clarified from TFBYM I've got it on my bookshelf right next to me.


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Add the Pop Disaster Tour announcement. That was so exciting and surreal to me for some reason. "This band...and this band is touring????!!!"


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Man, Tom comparing himself to Stanley Kubrick is unreal.  It's also bizarre how he always describes his shit as "artistic, arty, etc."  What serious artist would ever describe their art as artistic?  He just comes off as a kid playing dressup.  He's way out of his league on all of this shit.  It's all entry-level amateur stuff. 


 


It's really like when you are a teenager and you write your first story and you think "holy shit, this has to be the best fucking thing anyone has ever written!" just because you wrote it.  Then you go to college or whatever, and realize there are still massive levels of establishment above you. 


 


It's like how college freshman always think they are the smartest people and they know everything, and college seniors always think they don't know shit, because they have been thoroughly exposed to professional scholarship and realize they still have a long ways to go. 


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Man, Tom comparing himself to Stanley Kubrick is unreal.  It's also bizarre how he always describes his shit as "artistic, arty, etc."  What serious artist would ever describe their art as artistic?  He just comes off as a kid playing dressup.  He's way out of his league on all of this shit.  It's all entry-level amateur stuff. 

 

bingo. it strikes me that he also uses "professionals" around him to somehow legitimize the work he's producing (or helping make, in the case of books/animations). take this quote from 2009:

 

...a very, very arty, kind of cool way with professionals involved all along the path...

 

and 2014:

 

The book is so good. The novel is f–king awesome. It’s a New York Times best-selling author writing it.

 

but yet, again, 2009:

 

"I need to apologize. For the past few years I’ve been doing this serious stuff. And then the first song we come out and play, and I come right out and ask people if they masturbate to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ … it was crazy.

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