LOS ANGELES — There was a mariachi band, flaming margaritas and lots of musicians on Monday night at the El Compadre Mexican restaurant, as [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] took over the joint for a fiesta in celebration of their upcoming summer tour.
And while there was much celebrating — the mariachi band belted out Blink tunes and the margaritas flamed late into the night — the party also served another function: breaking the ice. After all, when you've got a tour that's positively packed with bands (not just [artist id="440"]Weezer[/artist] and [artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy[/artist], but a rotating cast of opening acts like [artist id="2008947"]Panic at the Disco[/artist], the [artist id="1231961"]All-American Rejects[/artist], [artist id="1227998"]Taking Back Sunday[/artist], [artist id="3003497"]Chester French[/artist] and [artist id="3123015"]Asher Roth[/artist], to name just a few), there's bound to be an odd act out. And Blink wanted to change that.
"We're actually here with all the bands and friends going out on tour — it's always awkward when you first start touring, and it's the first day and there's a bunch of people walking around and you don't know who you're supposed to talk to or not, and some people are standoffish," Blink bassist/singer Mark Hoppus told MTV News. "So we thought, 'Why don't we throw a big party before the tour, [so] everybody can come and hang out?' You know, get some beans, eat some Mexican food, bond. The guys in Chester French gave me some flowers. We bonded. It's going to be a good tour."
Oh, and about that tour: Yesterday, after Blink appeared on KROQ's Kevin & Bean show, MTV News reported that — per a caller's suggestion — the guys were considering naming their summer jaunt "One-Way Ticket to Boneville." As it turns out, that name was actually "Bonerville" (you know, a tiny hamlet just west of Boneville), and though it's currently in the lead, Blink aren't quite ready to start printing up the tour T-shirts just yet. There are still other contenders to the tour name throne.
"There's a new one that Mark is probably a little too scared to do, but I like it: 'Brokeback Mountain: The Tour,' " guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge smiled. "I thought that would be f---ing great, but there's some debate within the band about that."
"I was also thinking of 'High School Musical 5: The Tour.' I don't know about something like that," Hoppus said. "Actually somebody called up on the radio station today and said 'One-Way Ticket to Bonerville' which I think is really genius ... 'One-Way Ticket to Bonerville: Come for the 'ville, stay for the boner.'"
"I've been there," DeLonge added. "You don't need the other ticket."