Blink-182 recruited My Chemical Romance to join them on the Honda Civic Tour this summer and fall. Blink are playing songs from their September 27 release, Neighborhoods, their first studio album in eight years, and guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge tells SPIN that he's always wanted to go out on the road with the New Jersey rockers. Hours before the recent opening show in Holmdel, NJ (read our review), DeLonge and MCR bassist Mikey Way sat down with SPIN to chat about the tour, the musical influence of favorite bands Weezer and Rancid, and previous tourmates Green Day's penchant for pranks. Naturally, there were plenty of jokes. At one point during the interview, DeLonge dug into his pocket, pulled out a guitar pick and handed it to Way, who read aloud the inscription on the back: "I want you inside me." I imagine you guys are laughing constantly.
"I guess this is growing up," is the chorus to Blink-182's most famous song, "Dammit (Growing Up)," and that sentiment played out in front of 16,000 fans on Friday night during the kickoff of the Honda Civic Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Although San Diego's Blink-182 and Jersey City's My Chemical Romance have a generation and an entire country separating them, they've had a remarkably similar musical journey; in fact, you could argue that MCR's breakthrough single "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" was another rendering of the adolescent frustration Blink channeled on "Dammit (Growing Up)," and the evening proved that both acts have entered musical adulthood gracefully. During their 20-song, nearly two-hour headlining set, Blink debuted four songs from their upcoming album Neighborhoods, including the first single "Up All Night," which features experimental guit