Blink-182 Assume Classic Rock Mantle With Las Vegas Residency
Blink-182 are bringing “The Rock Show” to Las Vegas with their 16-date “Kings of the Weekend” residency at the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Concert Theater, which takes place on select weekends from May 26 through November 17.
“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said ‘Absolutely!’” singer and bassist Mark Hoppus said in a statement. “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 on stage … The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”
With their extended stay in Sin City, the snotty pop-punk trio — composed of Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and singer/guitarist Matt Skiba — follow in the footsteps of countless classic rock bands, from The Who to Guns N’ Roses, as well as pop stars like Britney Spears and country icons like Shania Twain. Celine Dion effectively kicked off the residency trend with her A New Day… engagement, which ran from 2003 to 2007 at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace and grossed over $385 million, becoming the most successful residency of all time.
Blink-182 topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with their latest album, California (their first without founding guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge), and played a slew of U.S. amphitheater and festival dates throughout 2016 and 2017 on the accompanying tour. They’ve scored several multiplatinum albums over the course of their nearly 25-year career, and the “Kings of the Weekend” residency finds them transitioning into, essentially, a classic rock act.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either: It reduces the rigors of the road for the band while allowing them to charge more money for tickets and potentially customize each show, treating hardcore fans to a deep dive through their discography. At the very least, it’ll give nostalgic tourists the chance to wail “All the Small Things” at the top of their lungs one more time.
Tickets for Blink-182’s “Kings of the Weekend” residency go on sale to the general public on Friday and can be purchased on the band’s website.