Starring Blink-182

Blink-182’s late summer plans, which mark the band’s first U.S. dates of the year, now include a gig at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, N.J., benefiting Sandy Relief. The venue is preparing to open in early September after being damaged by Superstorm Sandy last year.

A portion of each ticket sold to the Sept. 10 show will be donated to Sayreville families via the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group. A post on the Starland Ballroom’s website notes that more than 200 homes in Sayreville were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters.

“This is going to be a great show in an intimate venue,” guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge said. “We don’t get to play a lot of gigs in clubs anymore, so this’ll be as much fun for us as it is for the crowd. Plus, showing that the Starland and Sayreville were knocked down, but they’re not out – all while helping with relief efforts – is awesome.”

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The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

Blink is also donating a portion of ticket sales to research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Support act New Beat Fund is donating funds from its T-shirt sales at the show to both charities.

The Starland reopens Sept. 6 with the Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and special guest Filter.

Here’s where you can find Blink-182 on tour in late August and September:

Aug. 31 – Calgary, Alberta, Fort Calgary Historic Park (Calgary X-Fest)
Sept. 1 – Edmonton, Alberta, Northlands Grounds (Sonic Boom)
Sept. 7 – Atlantic City, N.J., Ovation Hall     
Sept. 8 – Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena     
Sept. 10 – Sayreville, N.J., Starland Ballroom     
Sept. 11 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg     
Sept. 12 – Bethlehem, Pa., Sands Bethlehem Event Center     
Sept. 14 – Chicago, Ill., Humboldt Park (Riot Fest)    
Sept. 18 – Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl (KJEE Summer Round Up)
Sept. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Pool At The Cosmopolitan     
Sept. 20 – Chula Vista, Calif., Sleep Train Amphitheatre (91X X-Fest)
Sept. 22 – Byers, Colo., May Farms (Riot Fest)

Blink’s generosity doesn’t end with the Sayreville gig. The band is donating its entire fee for the Sept. 11 Brooklyn show to benefit burn treatment centers, along with research and treatment for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Most dates are on sale now. An American Express presale for Brooklyn begins Aug. 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public for Brooklyn and Sayreville Aug. 16.

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