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SoCal Punk Legends Blink-182 to Close Out Blizzcon 2013
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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 $39.99 USD (pricing and availability may vary by region).

DIRECTV customers in the United States can order the BlizzCon 2013 Pay Per View event, priced at $49.99 USD, which includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream. Visit www.directv.com/blizzcon for more details.

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. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by prodruidlol View Post
    I feel like alot of people like you saying they aren't so cal legends don't actually know their back catalogue. Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch are 2 of my favourite albums. They were the 2 albums that have influenced a lot of local and international bands even if they are famous the are still legends on the scene of pop punk and punk rock...

    PS does any 1 know if i can watch this in australia if i get the virtual ticket?
    No idea, but probably? Try asking a GM in game maybe, they might know a thing or two?
  1. prodruidlol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mkgego View Post
    I´am the only one happy about this ?
    Me as well!!! i wish i was there!!!
  1. Noodlez's Avatar
    Offspring was the first year and still one of my favorite concerts for all the Blizzcons I have been to. Though Ozzy did lay the foam hose down while it was still on and sprayed the monitors he was using for lyrics. He kinda stumbled along until a stage hand came out and turned it off. The audience did take some prompting by Ozzy as to how to ask for an encore. From a group that mostly blindly follows quests, what else can you expect.
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    Well.

    I'm pretty sure that I'm just 10 years beyond being excited about them, but I get this nagging feeling that Blizzard's only been getting groups that just happen to live in the Anaheim area so that they're not terribly inconvenienced for having to travel to the con. Cause I'm pretty sure Blink 182 hasn't done anything major in the last five years from what I've heard (apart from Barker being in a plane crash).

    For example: At 2011 Dave Grohl was mentioning that he only lived like 20 minutes away and talked about his swimming pool. :P
    Yup, you seem to be quite right, they all seem to live in CA. Oh and apparently Blink did an album 'bout two years ago, which I suppose counts as something pretty major as a band.
  1. Wolfbear's Avatar
    Love Blink, might get the virtual ticket.
  1. prodruidlol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    Well.

    I'm pretty sure that I'm just 10 years beyond being excited about them, but I get this nagging feeling that Blizzard's only been getting groups that just happen to live in the Anaheim area so that they're not terribly inconvenienced for having to travel to the con. Cause I'm pretty sure Blink 182 hasn't done anything major in the last five years from what I've heard (apart from Barker being in a plane crash).

    For example: At 2011 Dave Grohl was mentioning that he only lived like 20 minutes away and talked about his swimming pool. :P
    Sorry dude but Mark lives in England kinda far away from Anaheim i think.

    Blink also released an album in 2011 and are releasing 1 next year (fingers crossed)
  1. DirtyCasual's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venziir View Post
    Well, they DID start by having Ozzy play... It's pretty darn hard to top him, simply due to his legacy.
    they actually started with The Offspring way back in 05. but the point still remains, blink are a step down lol
  1. BetrayedOf52's Avatar
    Yeah Travis barker is no big deal, he's not that good or anything... and their newest album of a couple years ago is pretty bad.. oh wait none of that is true. This is pretty damn sweet.
  1. Solidito's Avatar
    Wow, i normally don't care for the closing band but i'll be watching this time. Loved blink 182 when i was younger.
  1. Edlarel's Avatar
    I don't know how anybody else didn't catch this, but Blink! 182... As in Doctor Who, as in wibbly wobbly, timey wimey. It's also the month in which Doctor Who released 50 years ago. Totally a time travel expansion with plenty of Doctor Who Jokes.

    I base this on nothing.
  1. Toby451's Avatar
    Who cares, anyone Blizzard picks is going to get blasted by the majority. Thousands or even Millions watching with the virtual pass, all of which have a different taste in music. No 1 pick is going to make everyone happy. Accept it already and move on.
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyCasual View Post
    they actually started with The Offspring way back in 05. but the point still remains, blink are a step down lol
    Ah yes, so they did, so they did.
  1. Doran the Righteous's Avatar
    Not sure how I feel about an all-mage group closing the show. Way to show diversity, Blizz.
  1. Dasffion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deathgoose View Post
    Pop-Punk, I believe is what they are commonly labeled.
    Pop-punk is an oxymoron.
  1. Magemaer's Avatar
    Blink 182...this is fucking epic. I might get that virtual ticket now.
  1. Ansible's Avatar
    While I enjoy Blink and think the concert will be pretty good, whoever wrote this blurb has embellished Blink's history waaaaay too much. Sating facts such as how many albums they've sold is fine but saying they're ground-breaking and influential world wide is laughable... Ramones is pretty much the FIRST Pop-Punk band ever, you could argue that The Offspring and Bad Religion helped pave the way, but I'd say they're more Punk-Rock rather than Pop-Punk. So in essence, you could say the Pop-Punk revival was brought about by Green Day, not Blink.
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dasffion View Post
    Pop-punk is an oxymoron.
    Not at all. Punk doesn't have to sound like a wasted meth-head yelling about how much the establishment sucks, while pissing on your parents, and pop doesn't have to be some big-boobed airhead who sings about love and kittens.

    Besides, the genre is age old, The Ramones had plenty of pop-punk songs, pop-punk is all about mixing the fast punk tempos, chord changes and loud guitars with pop-influenced melodies and lyrical themes.

    Oh and you might think it's an oxymoron, doesn't change the fact that it's an old, and very established genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ansible View Post
    While I enjoy Blink and think the concert will be pretty good, whoever wrote this blurb has embellished Blink's history waaaaay too much. Sating facts such as how many albums they've sold is fine but saying they're ground-breaking and influential world wide is laughable... Ramones is pretty much the FIRST Pop-Punk band ever, you could argue that The Offspring and Bad Religion helped pave the way, but I'd say they're more Punk-Rock rather than Pop-Punk. So in essence, you could say the Pop-Punk revival was brought about by Green Day, not Blink.
    When talking about pop-punk, there's the First Wave, like The Ramones and Bad Religion. Then there's the Second Wave, which is stuff like Blink, Good Charlotte and Sum 41.

    Besides, Green Day didn't really revive it as such, since they started out in '87, before the genre was in need of a "revival" so to speak, but Green Day could be considered the link between the First and Second Wave of pop-punk. Oh and punk-rock is basically just "regular" punk, since punk is just short for punk-rock anyways.
  1. Mongler's Avatar
    I loooove Blink-182. Any band that defined my child hood is more than welcome to rock my face off at Blizzcon. I'm glad Blizz didn't take the low road and get someone like ....Justin Bieber ...or Robin Thicke - or whoever is putting out the shittiest music nowadays.
  1. chosenkiwi's Avatar
    Don't get me wrong, I love a grew up to blink. That being said, I've been to 4 live shows. They were absolutely dreadful live. Guitar and bass sounded like screeching cats, Tom's voice is shockingly out of tune too.
  1. Flutterguy's Avatar
    If they stick to their older music, it could be great.

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