Blink-182 Can't Tone Down Live Show

By | August 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

With Blink-182’s continued trek across North America tour in support of its latest album, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, comes the crass nightly onstage humor and language. The trio compounds its behavior by performing it front of a flaming, 12-foot-high sign boasting the F-word.

Singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge says that it’s always been that way with the group and always will be, regardless of their occasional concern about the message to their younger fans.

“When we first started playing, I remember we had so much fun just cracking jokes on the microphone, it’s like we just talked all the time,” he tells LAUNCH. “That’s just who we were. I mean, even when there were five of our friends and one dude there that we didn’t know, we would still talk and joke. And here we are now, we have all these people at our shows and we still do the same thing but we’ve just gotten worse and worse. And every once in a while we’ll sit down and go, ‘Man, maybe we shouldn’t talk about, you know, the things we talk about on stage, you know, there’s like these little kids.’ We’re like, ‘OK, we’ve got to tone it down.’ Then we go back out there and we’re like, ‘We want to f-k your blood!'”

Blink-182 next plays Saturday (September 1) at the Allentown Fair in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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