Here is an exclusive interview by Rolling Stone on blink-182. Here is an excerpt:
"Do you think you’re better able to appreciate Blink now than you were during the last few years of the bands first go-round?
Yeah. When we stopped playing shows we were getting around six to 10,000 people, which is huge. When we got back together two years ago the shows were 25 to 30,000 people a night. That’s insane. It blew my mind. I realized that our approachability, our fun, next-door neighbor kind of thing actually meant a lot more than I gave it credit for meaning. It represented 70 percent of America’s suburban youth. Kids that lived in little cookie-cutter houses, but they wanted something different. That’s when I realized that all those things aren’t necessarily attributed to art, but to lifestyle.
You seemed like goofy guys that I knew in high school.
We were those guys. I remember we were in Florida and Mark came out of the dressing room covered in suds, naked with white bubbly stuff all over him. And he decides that he’s going to go into the Goo Goo Dolls’ dressing room and ask if they’ve seen his towel. And this is at a point where no one likes us and we’re just playing these radio station festivals. All these bands were like, “Who the fuck are these guys? They’re just fucking stupid and saying dick jokes.” They had every reason to hate us because they’re artists. We took every opportunity to really laugh at ourselves, and it was pretty transparent that we were in on the joke. People responded to it. We were the antithesis of the rock star. “
(Interview taken from Rolling Stone)