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Pop Disaster Tour
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Start Date April 17, 2002
End Date June 17, 2002
Legs 1
Shows 47
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The Pop Disaster Tour was a concert tour co-headlined by American punk 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. 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. 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. "We set out to reclaim our throne as the most incredible live punk band from you know who", said Cool. 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."

The 2003 film Riding in Vans with Boys follows the Pop Disaster Tour throughout the U.S from Kut U Up's perspective. 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."


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  1. "Maria"
  2. "Longview"
  3. "Welcome to Paradise"
  4. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  5. "Brain Stew"
  6. "Jaded"
  7. "2000 Light Years Away"
  8. "Knowledge"
  9. "Basket Case"
  10. "She"
  11. "King for a Day / Shout"
  12. "Waiting"
  13. "Minority"
  14. "When I Come Around"
  15. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
  1. "Anthem, Part Two"
  2. "The Rock Show"
  3. "Dumpweed"
  4. "Going Away to College"
  5. "What's My Age Again?"
  6. "Please Take Me Home"
  7. "Happy Holidays, You Bastard"
  8. "Adam's Song"
  9. "First Date"
  10. "Man Overboard" or "Carousel"
  11. "When You Fucked Grandpa"
  12. "Dysentery Gary" or "Story of a Lonely Guy"
  13. "Family Reunion"
  14. "Don't Leave Me"
  15. "Stay Together for the Kids"
  16. "All the Small Things"
  17. "Everytime I Look for You" or "What Went Wrong"
  18. "Reckless Abandon" (including Travis Barker drum solo)
  19. "Dammit"

Tour dates

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

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


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Tour Members

  • Jason White – rhythm guitar
  • Kurt Lohmiller – trumpet
  • Marco Villanova – trombone