The final nail in the Blink-182 coffin is here: The pop-punk trio, now built of Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, longtime drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus (guitarist Tom DeLonge left in 2015 to chase UFOs), is about to embark on a Las Vegas residency, a clear sign of the end of their band.
Well, maybe? I mean, Vegas stints are often viewed as the closing chapter of an otherwise fruitful career. Is Blink over?
The band has 16 shows scheduled, beginning May 26 and ending in November, throughout select weekends at the Palms Casino Resort. The show is called “Kings of the Weekend,” which makes sense, because they’re dads now who can only rock in limited quantities on off-days.
Hoppus told Rolling Stone about the residency:
“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said ‘Absolutely!’ Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list – a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone onstage...The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”
That statement certainly falls in line with Blink-182's ideology (aka, dumb jokes about showgirls and getting married), though the Sinatra and Liberace references seem a little of out place—Las Vegas residencies have, in the recent era, been dominated by pop queens: Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga immediately come to mind.
Even if a residency spells retirement for Blink, it does, in some weird, roundabout way, validate their legacy as more than just some dudes from SoCal with dick jokes...they’re a real pop force to be reckoned with. That’s kinda cool.