Lil Wayne Quits His Tour With Blink-182 Mid-Show: ‘That’s Not My Swag’

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I’m not sure who the target demographic is for a Blink-182 tour in 2019, exactly. Yes, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was the first album I bought, and Blink-182 remained my favorite band throughout middle school and more of high school than I’m willing to admit. But now that I’m an adult and the band members are pushing 50 (seriously, Mark is 47!), I feel somewhat embarrassed, as a grown man, singing lyrics about being a shitty teenager. But, one thing I am certain of, is that if I were picking an act for Blink-182 to tour with in 2019, Lil Wayne would not be my first choice. That’s exactly what Lil Wayne also realized yesterday, when he quit his show in Bristow, Virginia mid-set.

On stage last night, Wayne stopped his set to tell the audience that after only 10 shows, he’s pretty sure that this isn’t exactly his kind of crowd.

“Please forgive me, but I am so not used to performing to a crowd and there’s not too many—you know, like still, that’s not my swag, I’m not sure how long I’m gonna be able to do this tour,” Wayne said on stage in a video captured from the show. “But make some noise for Blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night, though. Let’s go!”

According to reports, he only played for about 20 minutes before leaving the stage entirely.

The tour, which kicked off on June 20, is scheduled to run through September 20, with 29 dates remaining.

It’s not just a stylistic mismatch, it’s a weird bill in terms of cultural relevance. Lil Wayne released the excellent Tha Carter V last year, which many saw as a welcome return to form, and Blink-182 has only barely managed to crack Billboard’s Top 100 six times this century.

It’s unclear if he’s done for good, but we’ll update this post when Wayne or Blink post any other announcements about the tour.

Culture Editor Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones.