Blink-182 singer/guitarist Matt Skiba said on The Truth Barrel podcast that the band’s current tour in support its latest album, California, is the most successful Blink-182 tour in 15 years — even surpassing tours done with original guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge in the group. Skiba, who officially joined the group in 2015, said, “I was just filling in for a couple shows . . . and then the band gets solidified, and then we get the best tour they’ve had in 15 years we just did this summer.”
Skiba continued, “It broke all kinds of records, we have a gold record, just was at the Grammys the other night. They’ve never had a Grammy nomination . . . So there’s a lot of firsts, it’s all timing and whatever, and I feel like I’m part of the equation, obviously a small part of the equation, and honored to be a part of that equation.”
- Skiba told us not long ago that he hoped there was no bad blood between him and DeLonge: [“Tom and I have always been very friendly. I mean, I’d like to think that we still are. I haven’t spoken to him since this whole thing went down, but it’s, you know, in no way personal. Tom’s been nothing but cool to me over the years. The story I got is he left the band and I was asked to fill in, so that’s what I did, but I hope there aren’t any hard feelings.”]
- California landed at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last July, selling 186,000 physical, digital and streaming copies in its first week of release. It was Blink-182’s second chart-topper, following 2001’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, and first album with Skiba in the band.
- Blink is gearing up for a spring U.S. jaunt that will launch on March 22nd in Austin, Texas and hit 18 cities, mostly in the South, before coming to a close on May 9th in New Orleans. The tour is likely to coincide with the release of a deluxe edition of California.