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Blink-182 producer forced them to write song about Tom DeLonge

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Blink-182 producer John Feldmann has told how he forced the band into writing a song about former member Tom DeLonge – even though they didn’t want to.

The result is San Diego, which appears on California, their first album with Matt Skiba in DeLonge’s place.

Feldmann tells Fuse: “It was a song that Mark Hoppus didn’t want to write. I brought up the idea that you have to write about shit you don’t want to write about.

“There’s clearly a lot of feelings involved with having a best friend who’s not in your band any more – having a best friend with all that stuff that went down.”

On the surface, San Diego discusses Blink’s history in their home town, a place that Feldmann says “nobody gave a fuck about” until the band found fame.

He adds: “The song acts as a bittersweet homage – a goodbye to this city that none of us live in any more, but owe so much to, while acknowledging the interpersonal relationships within the band.”

Jul 22: San Diego Arena, CA (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 23: Las Vegas Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, NV (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 26: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 28: Oklahoma Chesapeake Energy Arena, OK (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 29: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 30: San Antonio AT&T Center, TX (with All-American Rejects)
Jul 31: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 02: Atlanta Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, GA (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 03: Greenville Bon Secours Arena, SC (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 05: West Palm Beach Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, FL (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 06: Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, FL (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 08: Nashville Ascend Amphitheater, TN (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 09: Cleveland Blossom Music Center, OH (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 10: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH (with All-American Rejects)
Aug 12: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 13: Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach, NY (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 14: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 16: Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amp, VA (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 19: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 21: Toronto Molson Canadian Amp, ON (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 23: Syracuse Lakeview Amp, NY (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 24: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, NY (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 25: Scranton Pavilion at Montage Mountain, PA (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 27: Hershey Park Pavilion, PA (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 28: Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion, PA (with A Day To Remember)
Aug 30: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theater, MI (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 02: Hartford Xfinity Theatre, CT (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 03: Bangor Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, ME (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 04: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 08: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 09: Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amp, IL (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 10: Noblesville Klipsch Music Center, IN (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 11: St Louis Hollywood Casino Amp, MO (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 13: Denver Pepsi Center, CO (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 15: Boise Taco Bell Arena, ID (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 16: Spokane Arena, WA (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 17: Seattle Key Arena, WA (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 18: Vancouver Abbotsford Centre, BC (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 20: Portland Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, OR (with All-American Rejects)
Sep 22: Salt Lake City USANA Amp, UT (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 24: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 25: Albuquerque Isleta Amp, NM (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 28: San Francisco Shoreline Amp, CA (with A Day To Remember)
Sep 29: Irvine Meadows Amp, CA (with A Day To Remember)
Oct 01: Los Angeles Forum, CA (with A Day To Remember)
Oct 05: Santa Barbara Bowl, CA (with A Day To Remember)
Oct 06: Save Mart Center, CA (with A Day To Remember)
Oct 07: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, CA (with A Day To Remember)

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