Since its premiere this week, Blink-182’s new single “Bored to Death” has been dominating alternative radio. To celebrate the band’s upcoming album and tour — plus a brand-new lineup, with Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) taking over for co-frontman Tom DeLonge — Blink-182 held a party at Hollywood’s Blind Dragon on Thursday night, complete with an all-star round of Blink karaoke.
Mark Hoppus took the stage in the intimate venue, promising to announce winners of a “summer tour raffle” — only to list off the band’s newly announced warm-up acts: A Day to Remember, All Time Low and The All-American Rejects.
Producer John Feldman and ATL’s Alex Gaskarth were called upon for the night’s first round of karaoke. With the screen blocked by a forest of cameras, the pair did their best to remember the lyrics to Blink’s “Dammit.” Travis Barker stood off to the side grinning as Feldman sang with all the angst of Blink’s original demographic. When the song ended, Gaskarth took over to call up A Day to Remember’s Kevin Skaff, who lamented that he wasn’t even the singer of his own band. The duo wrapped up “What’s My Age Again” and were followed by singers of varying intoxication levels performing their favorites from Blink’s available discography.
The packed room was host to all ages and all styles and colors of hair. When he arrived, Hoppus flitted between the main area and a back room. Gaskarth and All Time Low bandmate Jack Barakat maintained a place at the front as they joked with those around them, while members of A Day to Remember floated around the room.
Waitresses in lingerie and kimonos offered plates of fries to a room filled with graphic T-shirts. The décor was chic and offset by the guests’ contemporary-fashion homage to the late ’90s/early 2000s. The night was soundtracked by everything from The Ramones and LCD Soundsystem to Green Day and Run the Jewels.
Whether fans since the beginning or recent additions to the fan base, it was clear that everyone was excited for the upcoming release of Blink’s seventh album, California, due July 1. The tour to support California will begin in San Diego on July 22 and end Oct. 1 in Los Angeles.