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blink-182 team with Pharrell for new LP; Mark Hoppus’ band Simple Creatures touring

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blink-182 at Lollapalooza aftershow in 2017 (more by Brigid Gallagher)

Not only are blink-182 playing shows and probably releasing a new album this year, Mark Hoppus is also busy with his new band Simple Creatures, a more pop-minded project with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. Their debut EP Strange Love comes out March 29 via BMG (featuring recent singles “Drug” and “Strange Love”), and the band has now announced their first-ever tour, which hits LA, San Francisco, Philly, NYC, and London.

The NYC show happens April 1 at Public Arts, which is a very small place to see Mark Hoppus. He may not be playing blink-182 songs, but it’ll still be pretty rare to see him so up close and personal like this.

UPDATE: The show was moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/1). That’s a still a small place to see Mark, though blink-182 have actually played there before. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (3/13) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Travis Barker let the cat out of the bag at his MUSINK Festival this past weekend that blink-182 are planning to release their new album before they play the Warped Tour 25th anniversary celebration in Atlantic City this June. The album features production from Goldfinger’s John “Feldy” Feldmann (who also worked on blink’s last album California), and Pharrell Williams worked on it too. “It’s kind of anything goes. It’s the same vibe that was going on when we did [2003 eponymous album] self-titled. Literally, anything goes. I think we’re creating one of the most important Blink albums. I’m really proud of it,” Travis says.

In addition to Warped in Atlantic City, blink-182 are playing Back To The Beach (presented by Travis Barker, Feldy, and KROQ) in SoCal and Riot Fest in Chicago.

As for what former blink-182 co-frontman Tom Delonge is up to, he has a new show about UFOs coming to The History Channel, obviously. It’s called Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, and it’s coming in May from A+E Originals with Delonge as an executive producer. Trailer below.

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Simple Creatures — 2019 Tour Dates
3/28 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Ballroom
3/29 San Francisco, CA The Midway
3/31 Philadelphia, PA Warehouse on Watts
4/1 New York, NY Public Arts
4/3 London, UK The Hangar

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