A New Tour Will Bring Blink-182 Back Together
Pop-punk kings Blink-182 are reuniting.
Tom DeLonge is reuniting with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. The band will begin a world tour in March 2023 and release a new song, “Edging,” on Friday. A new album will follow.
DeLonge quit and returned twice. Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio has replaced him for seven years.
The band began in 1992 and played at YMCAs, basements, and VFW halls before releasing Cheshire Cat in 1995. 1997’s Dude Ranch album featured Blink-182’s hit “Dammit.”
Scott Raynor played drums, Mark Hoppus played bass, and Tom DeLonge played guitar in the initial lineup. This solidified the roster for 1999’s Enema of the State, which sold over 15 million copies.
The band’s comedy and MTV music videos were well-known. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket was their second-best-selling album. 2003’s self-titled album was more mature.
DeLonge left in 2005 to join Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker formed +44. After Barker was nearly killed in a plane crash in 2008, the band reunited.
Blink-182 released Neighborhoods in 2011 after Barker’s recovery. DeLonge left the band due to artistic differences after seven more years. DeLonge later funded UFO research. Skiba played guitar in California (2016) and Nine (2017). Mark Hoppus disclosed his cancer diagnosis and treatment in June 2021.
Hoppus was cancer-free at year’s end. Hoppus told People that the band was “in a really terrific position” before his chemotherapy began. Bassist: “I keep making music and am open to Blink’s future. Future-oriented. I’m happy to be here.”