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Pop punk fans rejoice as Blink-182 reunites

Arctic Monkeys, Sheeran, Combs, Isbell also set dates

Blink-182 have reunited and are heading out on the road.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 19, 2022

Pop punk stars Blink-182 have announced a reunion tour for 2023 and also shared the news that a new album is on the way. 

Co-founding member Tom DeLonge has returned to the lineup, which also includes co-founder Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker

This will be the first time the trio  that made it big with MTV-friendly hits as “What’s My Age Again?” “All the Small Things,” and “Adam’s Song” have performed with since 2015 when DeLonge left the group for a second time. 

The tour begins in Mexico in March, which is not a bad place to be during that month. Their first stops in our region will be May 6-7 at United Center in Chicago, followed by a show at Little Caesars Arena in  Detroit on May 9 and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on May 16. 

The Southern California-based band gained notoriety for their high energy shows when they burst on to the scene in the late ’90s, gaining legions of fans that have bought more than 50 million of their albums worldwide.

Arctic Monkeys set ’23 dates

Arctic Monkeys have mapped out a 2023 North American tour, but you’ll be waiting a while to see the darling of most music critics since they debuted in 2006 and have been nominated for five Grammy Awards.

Kicking off Aug. 25 in Minneapolis, this run of dates includes a stop at United Center in Chicago on Aug. 27 and Pine Knob Music Center near Detroit on Aug. 29.

Fontaines D.C. will open the shows.

Sheeran heading back out

Ed Sheeran has announced his 2023 “+−=÷×” stadium tour. 

The four-time Grammy winner’s first stateside tour in almost five years will see him perform in 21 cities beginning on May 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

As the tour progresses, fans can check him out at Detroit’s Ford Field on July 15 followed by Soldier Field in Chicago on July 29. 

Khalid and Rosa Linn will open the Detroit show while Linn is replaced by Cat Burns for the Chicago stop. 

Sheeran is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records, 101 million of which were sold in the U.S. 

His “÷ Tour,” which began in 2017, lasted more than two years and became the highest-grossing of all time in August 2019.

Combs set for Indianapolis

Country superstar and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs will embark on a world tour in 2023.

Fans will be glad to know Combs is coming back to our area with an April Fool’s Day show at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis followed by an April 11 gig at Ford Field in Detroit and a May 6 stop at Soldier Field in Chicago. 

Combs’ 2017 debut album, This One’s for You, spent 44 weeks at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart while the followup, What You See Is What You Get, produced four No. 1 singles.

Special guests for the tour include Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry, and Brent Cobb.

Isbell coming to Shipshewana

An Americana star will be making a closer stop to our area when Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit roll into the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana on Jan. 28.

Isbell broke through in 2013 with the release of Southeastern. His next two albums, Something More Than Free (2015) and The Nashville Sound (2017), won Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song.

The former member of the Drive-By Truckers will be joined on the bill by Peter One.


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