Blink-182 Confirmed to Play Out BlizzCon 2013


the boys looking threatening in their culottesBlizzard have today announced on the official Blizzcon site that pop sensations Blink-182 will play out the event on the Saturday night. If you’re not attending fear not you can catch the chirpy trio with the official virtual tickets, now on sale.

Better yet enter one or all of our “Win a Pair of Tickets to BlizzCon” contests and you and a pal can see them live.

The press release is after the ‘more’ with quotes from Blizzard and Blink-182.

PARIS, France—October 31, 2013—Thousands of gamers are about to come to a party and celebrate all the big things (and all the small things too) . . . and maybe even fall in love with a gnome at a rock show when legendary Southern California punk rock trio Blink-182 headlines the closing concert at Blizzard Entertainment’s sold-out BlizzCon® gaming convention, taking place November 8–9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Acclaimed worldwide for their influential and groundbreaking pop-punk sound, Blink-182 has achieved massive critical and commercial success, with over 35 million albums sold. Their third album, Enema of the State, went quintuple platinum and catapulted the band into superstardom.

Unfortunately for fans of Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” video, Anaheim city ordinances strictly forbid the band from running naked through the streets around the convention center. BlizzCon attendees are kindly asked to adhere to the same policy.

“After two days of hard work watching games and playing games and talking about games, we can’t think of a better way to kick back and relax than to have your face melted by Blink-182,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have such an awesome band helping us bring BlizzCon to an epic conclusion.”

“Nothing beats touring and playing in front of a live crowd,” said Tom DeLonge, Blink-182 guitarist and vocalist. “Our roots are in Southern California, so playing at BlizzCon will be like having a show in our own backyard—only with a couple thousand more orcs and elves in loincloths and bikini armor.”

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes. The show will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.

While tickets to the convention are no longer available, viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which offers comprehensive live coverage of both days of the event, including Blink-182’s performance, via multi-channel HD Internet stream for £24.99.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.

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  1. I am unmoved by this announcement.

  2. I think Blizzcon went to being annoyingly self-indulgent to nearly parody levels of itself with this.

    Are there people alive that like Blink 182? Is this positive news for anyone? I have no idea what the target demographic of Blizzcon even is, but I feel like it probably doesn’t overlap with any segment of past or present Blink 182 fans, if those even exist.

  3. ewww chirpy 182. I guess that’s for their targeted audience. #pullupdempantsthx

  4. I’m not saying this to be snide, but the last time I heard anything about them at all was about 10 years ago. I honestly didn’t think they were still going. This is on about the same level for me as if Blizzard had announced Aqua would be doing the closing ceremony.

  5. If they just play Dude Ranch, start to finish, I’ll be impressed, but they probably won’t. And I read somewhere else that Blizzcon crowds are so awkward that John Lennon, Elvis, and Jimi Hendrix could come down and do a set together and the Blizzcon folks would sit on their hands. Sounds about right.

  6. Who is Blink182? Is that like some popular guy on Twitter? I sure hope he’s good and entertaining, and not some ridiculously simplistic pile of poo that never should have gotten his 15 minutes of fame.

  7. I guess the people who enjoy Blink 182 are also those who enjoy the itemization in Diablo 3, so no sureprise there. No sophistication, no intelligence, just loud and shiny in-your-face entertainment.

    • You’re reaching for an insult there. You don’t like itemisation, you don’t like blink-182 therefore anyone who likes one must like both and they’re lame so therefore so are you. ner ner. My dad’s bigger than yours. Geez, get some perspective will you.

      • my comment was more on the rhetoric side, im sorry if you didn’t see it.

        on a related subject, prove me wrong that the current itemisation and blink 182 require a level-headed mind for being enjoyable

        • The vast majority of your comments are negative and claw for any way to pick at the game and the people who play it, this was no different. It would have been rhetoric out of the mouth of another, but not yourself, as your follow up attests. This is simply a news post about a band that are playing but seemingly an opportunity for you to shorn-horn in another remark about how you dislike the itemisation of the game. Reaching.

          • Negative? Maybe. but judging from the many green plusses I often get, I feel I mirror the feelings of many other avid and disappointed fans? I’m sorry I can’t be nicer towards Blizzard and Diablo 3, but there is nothing positive to say about it. And without critique from the community, we would probably not even have paragon levels now (which also suck imho <- see, more negativity).

            However, if you think my comments are unwanted, just say, and I leave. My respect for this place is too high to part in quarrel, as this is the only place, unlike diablofans or the official forums, where you are not punished for speaking your mind about the sad state of this game.

        • It might help if you knew the meaning of some words before you attempt full sentences. Level-headed means “calm and sensible”, which I’m pretty sure isn’t what your trolling was meant to allude to.

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    Blink 182 sell out pretty much everywhere they go on tour. So I suppose the continued support of their millions of fans keep them going (this is not an exaggerated figured). 
    
    I think you've expanded your musical taste by moving through phases and probably surround yourself with people similar views. Others are additive to their musical tastes. Personally, it's reminiscent of my childhood and an era where music wasn't the next facsimile of yesterday's top pop song.

    Well, not quite. I actually haven’t expanded my musical taste except very incrementally in years. Research shows that musical tastes acquired in adolescence and young adulthood are those that tend to stay lifelong, and this has definitely been true for me, as I have absolutely no real interest in acquiring new music to listen to, and largely just listen to the same 5-10 bands I did a decade ago. I’m not really even interested in new albums by those bands. The following sentence is a bit off the mark too, as I don’t think musical tastes have ever factored into my choice of interpersonal relations, friends, or acquaintances.

    But my point is actually completely separate: Blink 182 was part of an awkwardly-mainstream garage/pop-punk revival. Their music was featured heavily on MTV, made its way to video game soundtracks (Tony Hawk!), and so forth. But none of that really speaks to why Blizzard tabbed them to play at Blizzcon. Because they’re local? Seems like it. Because none of the other reasons make sense. After all, I doubt there’s much overlap between “people that were/are fans of Blink 182” and “people likely to attend Blizzcon.” Instead, Blizzard should’ve invited Jonathan Coulton or someone that actually… cares about videogames? Otherwise, it just seems really tonedeaf on Blizzard’s part (pun sorta intended).

    And before I’m accused of moving the goalposts, while I can certainly appreciate that the musical tastes of some/many are indeed additive and do not rotate over time, how many people are honestly self-described Blink 182 fans for whom Blink 182 playing at Blizzcon would actually be a selling point in favor of Blizzcon? That’s really the point I was trying to make, though I admit I may have made it poorly in my haste.

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    Negative? Maybe. but judging from the many green plusses I often get, I feel I mirror the feelings of many other avid and disappointed fans? I'm sorry I can't be nicer towards Blizzard and Diablo 3, but there is nothing positive to say about it. And without critique from the community, we would probably not even have paragon levels now (which also suck imho < - see, more negativity).
    
    However, if you think my comments are unwanted, just say, and I leave. My respect for this place is too high to part in quarrel, as this is the only place, unlike diablofans or the official forums, where you are not punished for speaking your mind about the sad state of this game.

    It's not that your comments are unwanted. The point Elly was making is that it is a reach to bash the game in a thread about a band playing at Blizzcon. One has nothing to do with the other. Comment on the topic at hand. Don't change the topic to fit another subject. That's for another thread.

    Believe me, we want everyone here to feel welcome and able to speak their mind. We would not have it any other way. Let's just stay on topic.

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    And before I'm accused of moving the goalposts, while I can certainly appreciate that the musical tastes of some/many are indeed additive and do not rotate over time, how many people are honestly self-described Blink 182 fans for whom Blink 182 playing at Blizzcon would actually be a selling point in favor of Blizzcon? That's really the point I was trying to make, though I admit I may have made it poorly in my haste.

    To be honest, I think their choice in musical appearances rest heavily on who is in town at the time. I think the only band in the past that has been premeditated was Ozzy, who was a great proponent for WoW advertising and was a part of the Blizzcon hype from its announcement.

    I feel Tenacious D and the Foo Fighters were tentative appearances, as they were announced much later. Now we have Blink, who they announced mere weeks before the show. It just so happened they were touring LA. As for their target demographic, it’s hard to say. I think music tastes are so wide and varied that any choice they make would polarize the responses. At this point, though, I’m just glad I didn’t have to sit through another Elite Tauren Chieftains concert.

  11. Honestly, after Tenacious D playing at the last BlizzCon things could only get worse for me.

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    Honestly, after Tenacious D playing at the last BlizzCon things could only get worse for me.

    Foo Fighters was the last one, two years ago. David Grohl happened to be drumming for Tenacious D the previous year.

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     One has nothing to do with the other. 

    Ah, but if only that were true.

    Inept design and mind-blowingly bad musical taste both issue from the same place.

    That place is a mindset great at arranging triumphalist parades, and not so good at making new IP.

    But they say torture debases the torturer as much as the tortured, right?

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    You're reaching for an insult there. You don't like itemisation, you don't like blink-182 therefore anyone who likes one must like both and they're lame so therefore so are you.  ner ner. My dad's bigger than yours.  Geez, get some perspective will you.

    Actually, I’d say he’s a least s bit right. You can definitely correlate music with intelligence, at least scholarly intelligence. We all remember the excited, punkish and rebelious dropouts from highschool swearing by blink and other such aural trash. It’s just the kind of pop-punk that tends to appeal to the kind of people I wouldn’t want designing my games.

    His point was that the people who had a tendency to actively praise the game are people who lacked quite the critical edge. I’ve never seen a positive review of D3 that wasn’t something silly like “WELL ITS FUN”, the same way I haven’t seen positive reviews of bink that praised their musical talent or cutting edge thoughtful lyrics. They’re little crybaby-punkasses that get drunk during documentaries, sing about teenage in their late 20’s and promote clothing. Sellout at its best, aimed at a demographic at its best. And the link you can make between this and D3 is huge. Which is why there’s cynicism with their appearances at con-blizz.

    If I win tickets until then, I’m most definitely avoiding the general area of the stage. I don’t want crass and cancer in my ears.

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    Actually, I'd say he's a least s bit right. You can definitely correlate music with intelligence, at least scholarly intelligence. We all remember the excited, punkish and rebelious dropouts from highschool swearing by blink and other such aural trash. It's just the kind of pop-punk that tends to appeal to the kind of people I wouldn't want designing my games.
    
    His point was that the people who had a tendency to actively praise the game are people who lacked quite the critical edge. I've never seen a positive review of D3 that wasn't something silly like "WELL ITS FUN", the same way I haven't seen positive reviews of bink that praised their musical talent or cutting edge thoughtful lyrics. They're little crybaby-punkasses that get drunk during documentaries, sing about teenage in their late 20's and promote clothing. Sellout at its best, aimed at a demographic at its best. And the link you can make between this and D3 is huge. Which is why there's cynicism with their appearances at con-blizz.
    
    If I win tickets until then, I'm most definitely avoiding the general area of the stage. I don't want crass and cancer in my ears.

    I think the bigger issue Elly is pointing out is that shallow, biased arguments that spout the normal rose-tinted discourse is reaching towards a flame.

    I’d also like to direct your attention towards this music-intelligence continuum: http://www.bilerico.com/2009/03/music2.PNG
    Now, I’m not saying this is a derivative of undeniable fact, but I don’t think any of your generalizations hold much merit without a thorough understanding of what you’re actually talking about. “There’s a link” without much to substantiate the claim other than a subjective opinion isn’t much to go on.

    I think it is very telling of a person’s personality when they are quick to label a person. Music is expression. Expression, like life, is an extremely complex web that you could hardly decode a significant correlation without being faced with the obvious fact that there are more exceptions than the rule you’re attempting to prove.

    Anyways, live and let live. Enjoy what you enjoy. Life’s too short to care about somebody who looks down upon musical preference.

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    I've never seen a positive review of D3 that wasn't something silly like "WELL ITS FUN"

    For the love of all that is good and holy, please keep that fun away from my video games.

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