It’s been an interesting last few months for Blink-182. In January, the band announced its split with guitarist and co-vocalist Tom DeLonge, which was followed by several interviews claiming the frontman hasn’t been interested in pursuing touring and new music with the band for a number of years.
The remaining two members, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, plan to continue under the same band moniker for at least two shows this weekend. They’ve enlisted the help of Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba, and tickets won’t be cheap for their intimate hometown show at SOMA this Friday.
According to TicketIQ, the average price for SOMA Blink-182 tickets is $474.74. Tickets sold out on the primary market in a matter of minutes, and the cheapest price listed for theSaturday show is listed for $80. A Day to Remember is slated to open the show.
The San Diego show is a warmup gig ahead of the band’s appearance at the Musink Tattoo and Music Festival at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center on Sunday. Musink Festival tickets currently average at$190.29 and get-in price starts at $144 on the secondary market.
The group has a history of turbulence between members. Following the release and subsequent touring cycle of 2003’s self-titled album, Blink-182 disbanded in 2005. Hoppus and Barker did not speak to DeLonge until 2008, following Barker's near-death plane crash in September of that year. During their hiatus, DeLonge formed Angels and Airwaves while Hoppus and Barker created +44. The trio returned in 2009 and went on an extended reunion tour before dropping Neighborhoods in September of 2011. Their last release was theDogs Eating Dogs EP in 2012.
Prior to their SOMA show, Blink-182 will play the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on Wednesday. A Day to Remember is scheduled to open the show and tickets are on sale through Ticketfly for $60. It's unknown if the band will announce tour plans following their three shows this week, but both Hoppus and Barker have claimed that Skiba has been a perfect fit in DeLonge's absence. Skiba is founding member of Alkaline Trio, which formed in 1996.