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Blink-182 Play First Reunion Show, Unveil New Weezer at Private Gig

May 15, 2009 9:06 AM ET

For the first time in four years, punk trio Blink-182 performed live last night. Bassist Mark Hoppus explained in his Hi My Name is Mark blog that the gig took place at a private party to unveil the new T-Mobile Sidekick at Hollywood's Paramount Pictures. Drummer Travis Barker was already on the bill with DJ AM, as were Blink's summer openers Weezer, so Blink were asked to serve as the evening's surprise ending. According to AltPress (who have shaky fan footage from the show), the trio played three songs, opening their set with Take Off Your Pants And Jacket's "The Rock Show. "This is our very first show after hating each other's guts for many years," Hoppus joked from the stage. This morning, the band released their full summer tour schedule via Billboard (see below).

(Check out photos of Hoppus, DeLonge and Barker as Blink return to the stage.)

Blink closed out their set 2003's "Feeling This" and Dude Ranch's "Dammit." "To be honest, it was one of the best nights of my life," Hoppus wrote on his blog, which also has backstage photos from the gig. "Thanks to Travis and Tom. You are my brothers, and it feels amazing to share the stage with you once again." The band's official return comes when they play Jay Leno on Tuesday, May 19th, per the Tonight Show Website. As Rolling Stone reported in our current issue, Blink will be joined by Fall Out Boy on the road for two-thirds of their reunion jaunt, with Weezer picking up the remaining dates.

Weezer, who covered both Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and MGMT's "Kids" during their set, also debuted a slightly new lineup on stage during their performance. Drummer Pat Wilson, who has been behind the skins since 1994's Weezer (The Blue Album), joined the front lines as Weezer's third guitarist, with Devo/Gn'R/NIN drummer Josh Freese picking up the sticks (and adding another prestigious band to his rocking resume). Since Freese is committed to tour dates with Devo this summer, it's unclear whether he'll be joining Weezer onstage again. Dates dates for the Blink tour were released this morning on Billboard's Website, however the opening-band schedule has not been announced at this time.

July 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ the Joint
July 28 - Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
July 30 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
July 31 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 1 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
August 2 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
August 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
August 6 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
August 7 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
August 8 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
August 9 - Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 12 - Hershey, PA @ the Star Pavilion
August 13 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
August 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
August 15 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 16 - Omaha, NE @ Westfair Amphitheater
August 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 21 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
August 22 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 23 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
August 25 - Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 27 - Saratoga, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 28 - Camden, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 29 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 30 - Washington, D.C. @ TBD
August 31 - Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
September 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
September 3 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
September 6 - Denver, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
September 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ David O. McKay Events Center
September 10 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
September 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
September 13 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
September 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
September 16 - San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
September 17 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park
September 21 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Journal Pavilion
September 23 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
September 24 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 26 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
September 27 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheater
September 29 - Atlanta. GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
October 1 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 2 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 3 - Atlantic City, N.J. @ Borgata Events Center

Related Stories:

Blink-182 Recruit Fall Out Boy, Weezer for Reunion Tour: Hoppus and Wentz Speak Out
Blink-182's Rock Show: A Look Back at The Pop-Punk Trio's History in Photos
Blink-182 Make Reunion Official on Grammy Stage

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