A Conversation With Blink-182

Since their humble beginnings 24 years ago, when they started playing in a San Diego garage, Blink-182 have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and rocked audiences from Adelaide to Zurich having become one of the defining rock bands of their generation. They combine high-energy dynamics with an artistic ambition that transcends any genre. Now with Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) joining Blink-182 as singer/guitarist, the group starts a new chapter. Skiba debuted with Blink-182 in March 2015 with a live performance at the MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival, with the OC Weekly raving, "It was the best they've sounded in over a decade." Then, in early 2016, Skiba entered the studio with Hoppus and Barker. Although the band had written over 30 songs in the months before the sessions, once they started working with producer John Feldmann, they soon discarded all the old material. The band released their seventh studio album, California, on July 1, 2016. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the band's second No. 1 album and first in 15 years. The album features the single "Bored to Death," which hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. According to the New York Times, "No punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than Blink-182." The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Blink-182 to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on their career, and forthcoming new album, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.