Today, blink-182 celebrated the release of their seventh studio album, California, in style with an incredible show on ABC’s Good Morning America in New York City’s Central Park. California (produced by John Feldmann) is blink-182’s first album without guitarist/co-vocalist Tom DeLonge, who’s role has been filled by Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba.
Their live show today on ABC’s Good Morning America was one for the books. Blink played hit singles such as “What’s My Age Again?,” “All The Small Things,” “Feeling This,” and “Rock Show,” as well as their latest single that currently dominates the Billboard charts. However, a few of these songs weren’t televised. This was definitely a great way to release a great album—playing a show in front of nearly three thousand people on Good Morning America.
Check out these exclusive live shots from today’s show. Photos by Andrew Wendowski Photography!
I think the five-year wait for a new blink LP was totally worth it after having the chance to listen to the record in full. California features many surprises, twists, and turns. Travis Barker’s 10-year-old daughter makes an appearance on the album, and songs like “Brohemian Rhapsody” suggest a return to their earlier sound. To many fans’ delight, a lot of the album sounds similar to Barker and Hoppus’ side project +44. California is currently #1 across 28 countries on iTunes as it debuts today. blink-182 earned their third #1 single on the airplay-based chart (dated July 9, 2016) and its first in over 12 years with California‘s lead single, “Bored to Death.” Also, the new #1 single isn’t the only big achievement for blink-182 this week; “Bored to Death” also moves up two spots to #9 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which makes it the band’s first song ever to reach that airplay chart’s top 10, dating back to its first title, “Dammit,” in 1998.