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First tracks: Blink-182's tour, Daughtry returns, Green Day's download prices

May 15, 2009 | 10:27 am

MARK_HOPPUS_2_ - On the day Green Day releases its second rock opera with "21st Century Breakdown" and hours before No Doubt kicks off a major summer tour, another veteran pop-punk band has announced its comeback tour dates.

will hit the Los Angeles area on Sept. 17 with a date in Irvine, reports Billboard. Yet those expecting to hear all the new songs that bassist/singer Mark Hoppus has been tweeting about may be a little out of luck. Blink-182's manager, Rick Devoe, cutely tells Billboard's Mitchell Peters that "the word on the street is that this tour is about the hits."

Also in Blink news, the band performed last night at a private party in Los Angeles (Pop & Hiss' invite musta got lost in the mail), and Idolator has one of the poorly-shot cellphone clips.

- Speaking of Green Day, those looking to buy a digital edition of the band's "21st Century Breakdown" (it's good, trust us) can choose between a $4.99 download on Amazon.com or a $14.99 download from Apples iTunes store. But the Amazon price appears to be one day only, so make your decision quick.

- Melinda Newman at HitFix spent some time palling around with "American Idol" vet Chris Daughtry this week (Pop & Hiss' invite musta got lost in the mail). She was on the set of the video shoot for his new single, "No Surprise." Daughtry performed the mid-tempo tune on "American Idol" this week, and it's already at No. 15 on the U.S. pop chart. Newman writes of the video shoot, "The scene resembles a cross between the moon, some kind of modern sculpture and the opening of "Casino Royale" where the Daniel Craig-era James Bond is fighting one of the bad guys and jumping from beam to beam."

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 performs in Los Angeles last night. Credit: Getty Images