I’m not going to lie, this is painful to write. As someone who has been a longtime blink-182 fan, I’ve become emotionally invested in the music that this group releases. Though honestly, blink has been there and has been a staple of my teenage years and my early adult life, even if some of their music or choices where seen sith disagreement. But, in case you missed it, there is a brand new blink 182 tour with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea of blink performing with Neck Deep is something memorable. Even stated by the band themselves; “Never thought we’d get to say this: WE ARE DOING AN ARENA TOUR IN THE US WITH @blink182 & @LilTunechi” (sic). Which in the grand scheme of things is great, you have a powerhouse band such as blink, and the kids who grew up listening to them get to open on the same stage as their idols.
But the idea of Lil Wayne on the tour with them? That one is a little strange to say the least, but who knows. Maybe it’ll be great and we have nothing to worry about. Though, personally the redo of “What’s My Age Again?” with most of the vocals being traded to Wayne and even him using an already made song (A Milli). Which ended up sounding like someone wanting to really make this mashup work.
Some have stated that maybe Lil Wayne is old school skater punk and he chose to perform with blink because of his friendship with blink drummer, Travis Barker. Others may find nostalgia in seeing such pop icons live again, and be more than welcoming to the change. All and all, the music industry is abuzz right now with so many different projects its shocking that we can keep track of it.
Looking around the internet, one can see a distinct touch back to a previous time in which a rapper has found themselves in the same situation as our current. That’s right, the Jay-Z and Linkin Park album. Many moons ago, we had the cross pollination of new metal and rap, which sold well enough. Though currently, it’s seeming to be that this new attempt at mixing the pop punk kids with the older rap kids.
Don’t forget that blink 182, Lil Wayne and Neck Deep will be playing the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater on August 30th at 7:30 pm. The next day, August 31st, they will play the White River Amphitheater at again, 7:30pm. Presale tickets are out now and general ticket sales will start May 10th. Save those paychecks.