[artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist]'s multi-band summer extravaganza — a.k.a. "the tour that may or may not be called [article id="1611704"]One-Way Ticket to Bonerville[/article]" — doesn't kick off until July 24, but it's already a huge deal ... and not just for long-suffering Blink fans, but for the bands Blink are taking on the road too.
Last week, MTV News spoke to [article id="1611388"]Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz[/article], who called his band's slot on the bill "a dream come true." And as we've spoken to the other acts on the tour — a list that also includes Weezer, the All-American Rejects, Panic at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Asher Roth and Chester French — we've been hearing much of the same.
"We got asked by Blink-182 to join them on their big tour, and we could not turn it down," Panic drummer Spencer Smith told MTV News. "We're huge fans of that band. They're kind of the reason we started the band."
"We were absolutely thrilled," Chester French's D.A. Wallach said. "This is the first tour I think we've ever done with artists that we ourselves had gone to see, and to be out here with musicians who have inspired us is like the coolest thing an up-and-coming artist could ask for. We're thrilled. I mean, I've seen Blink-182 when I was a kid and Weezer when I was in college, so this is a huge deal for us. Hopefully we can collaborate with some people or learn some things."
And even if they've been around the block a time or two — like Taking Back Sunday, who actually toured with Blink back in 2004 — they're still beyond excited to hit the road with Mark, Tom and Travis again.
"It's really huge for us, because we grew up with Blink-182, so for them to call and ask us to join them again on the road, it just feels really nice," TBS frontman Adam Lazzara said. "It's funny, because the last tour they did before their hiatus, we were on that tour as well. So it's nice of them to ask again. It's like they can't live without us."
"For us, that tour was our first time being in arenas and amphitheaters and stuff like that," TBS bassist Matt Rubano added. "So it really kind of exposed us to a new way of playing shows. And, of course, getting to watch Blink every night shred 10,000-and-above audiences was really inspiring and gave us a little bit of an education in how to do it. And we've had the chance to then go on and do it ourselves. It was helpful. And listen to Tom tell awesome di-- jokes every night. You really can't beat that."
Of course, other artists on the bill have ulterior motives for saying yes to Blink. And really, you can't blame them.
"It's gonna be real fun," Asher Roth said. "Travis [Barker] and I have a large respect for each other, so I'm pretty sure he was the one who was like, 'Yo, let's get Asher to come rock with us,' so I'm very excited. We got to spend some time in Vegas together, so hopefully the reunion tour leads to many more Vegas trips."