The band have expressed their love for blink time and time again, citing them as one of their biggest musical inspirations. Forming in 2012, it only took two years for Neck Deep to share a stage with their heroes, opening for blink in 2014 at O2 Academy Brixton as well as Leeds Festival a few weeks later.
Blink played the London show on the road to Reading & Leeds, and you can check out a poster for the show below.
— Bʟɪɴᴋ-182 Lɪᴠᴇ (@blink182Live) June 23, 2014
At that point in their career, Neck Deep only had a handful of EPs and one full-length, Wishful Thinking, to fulfill a setlist. You can check out them performing “Kick It” and “What Did You Expect?” below.
Now Neck Deep will have the chance to hop on a full tour with one of the reasons the “band even exists.” They’ve never been quiet about their fandom, but the sentiment of going coast to coast with one of their biggest influences hasn’t been lost on the band members.
Blink is one of THE reasons that we got into alternative music and that our band even exists, so to say this is a dream come true is understatement to the max….
— Neck Deep (@NeckDeepUK) May 6, 2019
The crazy feeling is epitomized by a 2014 tweet from frontman Ben Barlow, shared by the band shortly before releasing their collab with Mark Hoppus on a “December” rerecording. Hoppus also remixed “Serpents” and “Can’t Kick Up The Roots” in 2016.
2 years ago we found out we were supporting blink. Tomorrow you get to hear Mark featuring on one of our songs. pic.twitter.com/gMbvRsXVQE
— Neck Deep (@NeckDeepUK) July 16, 2016
The band have gone as far as covering their inspirations, sharing their own version of “Don’t Tell Me It’s Over” a few years back and officially posting it on streaming services the day of the tour announcement. Barlow even shared an acoustic cover of “Dammit” about a year before Neck Deep were conceived.
The fandom clearly goes both ways, as Hoppus has made clear by his frequent work and interaction with the band. Hoppus even revealed his favorite Neck Deep song, although it may have been an obvious answer.
Fingers crossed they actually play it live after this recent Twitter interaction.
— Neck Deep (@NeckDeepUK) May 6, 2019
Neck Deep are living the dream, and we’re here for it. Tickets for the tour go on sale May 10 here, with a full list of dates below.
06/27 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
06/29 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
06/30 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Vans Warped Tour ^
07/01 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/05 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
07/06 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
07/07 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *
07/09 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center *
07/10 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/13 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
07/14 – Quebec City, CA @ Festival d’été de Québec ^
07/16 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07/17 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheatre
07/19 – New York, NY @ Good Morning America
07/20 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
07/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
07/25 – West Palm Beach @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
07/26 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
07/31 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
08/02 – Dallas, TX @ The Dos Equis Pavilion
08/04 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
08/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/07 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands ^
08/27 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/30 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/31 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
09/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
09/04 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/06 – Wichita, KS @ Hartman Arena *
09/07 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove *
09/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
09/10 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
09/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
10/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock ^
* without Lil Wayne
^ blink-182 festival date