Blink-182 To Kick Off Civic Tour 2001

Pop-punks will play first leg of outing, and they'll bring a Honda they designed along with them.

San Diego pop-punks Blink-182 will show off their new ride on the first leg of the Civic Tour 2001, kicking off April 30 in Seattle.

Blink — singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker — have been commissioned by Honda to design a car and promote the company with the outing, which will hit nine U.S. cities in 11 days.

And if the "Blink-182 Civic," which will travel with the band on the tour, looks anything like the band's CD covers, it will be vibrantly colorful and famously tasteless.

Honda plans to give away the car at the end of the tour to the winner of a drawing fans can enter beginning in March on the Civic Tour Web site ( Blink fans can also register for a "Meet the Band" contest, which will award a trip for two and backstage passes to any Civic Tour concert.

A second leg of Civic Tour 2001 is in the works for early summer. Honda said it would announce the band for that leg later this month.

Blink-182's breakthrough 1999 album, Enema of the State, has been certified quadruple-platinum, with help from the hit singles "What's My Age

Again?" , "All the Small Things" and "Adam's Song."

The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back), last fall's live album featuring "Man Overboard" debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200. Blink are currently recording their third studio album, though a release date has not been set.

All tickets for the Civic Tour 2001 will go on sale April 14.

Civic Tour 2001 dates, according to American Honda Motor Co. Inc.:

  • 4/30 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

  • 5/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield

  • 5/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

  • 5/4 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom

  • 5/5 - Boston, MA @ Palladium

  • 5/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory

  • 5/7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

  • 5/9 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

  • 5/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage