Pop-punk is about to take over the Vegas Strip! Blink 182 have announced they’ll be making the Palms Casino Resort their home later this year for a 16-show concert residency under the banner, "Kings of the Weekend." The upcoming run will start on May 26, and reportedly continue over select weekends before coming to an end on Nov. 17. Depending on the success of their upcoming concert run, fans of the veteran rock band should presume that their stay in Sin City will continue well past its current end date.
Blink 182 formed out of the southern California skate/punk scene in the early 1990s. They would go on to help lead the wave of bands in the pop-punk genre with albums like Dude Ranch and Enema of the State just as the popular style was beginning to take over MTV's airwaves in the later half of the decade. The trio would go on to dominate popular rock with 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and 2003’s Blink-182 before going their separate ways creatively. They’ve since reunited, although guitarist Tom DeLonge left the band in 2015, and has been replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba ever since.
"When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said 'Absolutely!'," co-founding member Mark Hoppus said about their upcoming run 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 onstage ... The possibilities in Vegas are endless."
The wildly fun three-piece now join the company of Celine Dion, Elton John and Britney Spears, as mainstream music acts who have traded in life on the road for the bright lights of Vegas with their own headlining residencies. Elton John is scheduled to close out his Million Dollar Piano run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace later this spring, while Dion recently extended her record-breaking stay at the same venue with more shows well into 2018. Lady Gaga also recently announced her own upcoming Vegas residency with over 70s shows scheduled to begin production later in 2018.