Pop Disaster Tour

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Pop Disaster Tour
Tour by blink-182, Green Day
Pop Disaster Tour poster.jpg
Start date April 17, 2002
End date June 17, 2002
Legs 1
No. of shows 47
Green Day tour chronology
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The Pop Disaster Tour was a concert tour co-headlined by American rock bands Blink-182 and Green Day. The tour was created to echo the Monsters of Rock tours; the idea was to have, effectively, a Monsters of Punk tour. The two groups, with supporting acts Jimmy Eat World, Kut U Up and Saves the Day, toured for two months across the United States and Canada, mostly in outdoor amphitheatres.


The tour was conceived by Blink-182 to echo the famous Monsters of Rock tours; the idea was to have, effectively, a Monsters of Punk tour.[1] The tour, from the band's point of view, had been put together as a show of unity in the face of consistent accusations of rivalry between the two bands, especially in Europe.[2] Instead, Green Day's Tré Cool acknowledged in a Kerrang! interview that they committed to the tour as an opportunity to regain their status at the top of tree, as their spotlight had faded over the years.[2] "We set out to reclaim our throne as the most incredible live punk band from you know who", said Cool.[3] Cool contended that "we heard they were going to quit the tour because they were getting smoked so badly […] We didn't want them to quit the tour. They're good for filling up the seats up front."[3]

The 2003 film Riding in Vans with Boys follows the Pop Disaster Tour throughout the U.S from Kut U Up's perspective.[2] DeLonge and Hoppus had the idea for the film, and enlisted Matt Beauchesne, who also worked on their documentary The Urethra Chronicles II: Harder Faster Faster Harder, to direct. It was designed to be "a social experiment that shows exactly what would happen if an average Joe band spent two months with two of the biggest groups in rock."[4]


Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
April 17, 2002 Bakersfield United States Centennial Garden
April 19, 2002 Phoenix America West Arena
April 20, 2002 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
April 21, 2002
April 23, 2002 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 24, 2002 Inglewood The Forum
April 25, 2002 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheater
April 27, 2002 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
April 28, 2002 Sacramento Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
April 29, 2002 Oakland Oakland Arena
May 1, 2002 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
May 3, 2002 West Valley Center E Center
May 4, 2002 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
May 6, 2002 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
May 7, 2002 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
May 9, 2002 Dallas Smirnoff Music Center
May 10, 2002 Selma Verizon Wireless Amphiteheatre
May 11, 2002 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 13, 2002 Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 14, 2002 Tampa Ice Palace
May 15, 2002 West Palm Beach Mars Music Amphitheatre
May 16, 2002 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre
May 18, 2002 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
May 19, 2002 Raleigh Alltell Pavilion
May 20, 2002 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
May 22, 2002 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach
May 23, 2002 Hershey Hershey Park Pavilion
May 24, 2002 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
May 25, 2002 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion
May 27, 2002 Hartford New England Dodge Music Center
May 28, 2002 Camden Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
May 30, 2002 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater
May 31, 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden
June 1, 2002 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 2, 2002 Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
June 4, 2002 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 5, 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center
June 7, 2002 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
June 8, 2002 Grand Rapids United States Van Andel Arena
June 9, 2002 Columbus Jerome Schottenstein Center
June 11, 2002 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 12, 2002 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 14, 2002 Noblesville Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 15, 2002 Tinley Park Tweeter Center (World Music Center)
June 16, 2002 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
June 17, 2002 Minneapolis Target Center


Several reviewers were unimpressed with Blink-182's headlining set following Green Day. "Sometimes playing last at a rock show is more a curse than a privilege […] Pity the headliner, for instance, that gets blown off the stage by the band before it. Blink-182 endured that indignity Saturday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre", a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in 2002.[5]

The Pop Disaster Tour as a whole grossed nearly $20 million from 45 shows.[6]



  • Shooman, Joe (June 24, 2010). Blink-182: The Bands, The Breakdown & The Return. Independent Music Press. ISBN 978-1-906191-10-8. 


  1. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 99
  2. ^ a b c Shooman, 2010. p. 101
  3. ^ a b Ian Winwood (February 1, 2006). "Blink-182 vs. Green Day". Kerrang!. London (1090): 44–45. ISSN 0262-6624. 
  4. ^ Corey Moss (September 12, 2003). "Butt Branding, Drunken Weddings Captured On Hoppus And DeLonge's 'Boys'". MTV News. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 100
  6. ^ "No Doubt, Blink-182 Link For Tour". Billboard. February 4, 2004. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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