This evolution has drawn mixed reactions across the internet. British weekly NME, for instance, featured an online post the day after the song's release with the headline, "Fans slam 'bloody awful' new Blink-182 single." But those "fans" so violently opposed to the change were, perhaps, not properly paying attention toward the end of the band's first go-around.

Blink-182, the album, was already moving far beyond potty jokes and obvious circle-pit anthems. "I think the band was beginning to show signs of what we each could do individually to make the whole better," DeLonge says, "not just writing punk songs, not just doing fast beats, but doing grooves and rhythms underneath compositions and chord progressions that kind of pull and tug at different emotional strings."

A few things will stay consistent, though, he says. Blink-182 will always be relatively up-tempo and err on the side of simplicity rather than self-indulgence. Other than that, almost all bets are off. "We don't have to force anything," he says. "We can do whatever we want."

The elder statesmen of Blink-182.
The elder statesmen of Blink-182.

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Cruzan Amphitheatre

601-7 Sansburys Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

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Region: West Palm Beach

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Blink-182, on the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance and Matt & Kim. 7 p.m. Friday, September 23, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20 to $225. Visit livenation.com.

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That includes, of course, one more common thread from the early days. "The shows are just as dumb as ever. I really told some horrible jokes onstage in Montreal, and they don't even speak English that well. I don't know why I thought a bunch of dick jokes would be funny," DeLonge says. "In any case, we're doing whatever we want to have fun onstage."

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