Blink-182 is back together, having reunited with founding member Tom DeLonge and announcing a 2023 tour touted as their biggest international trek ever.
After twice leaving the band – in 2005 and then again in 2014 – DeLonge is back alongside singer/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. DeLonge's return comes after Hoppus revealed he is writing a memoir that will cover his recent battle with cancer, as well as Blink 182’s road to success. In August, Hoppus said he was “open to whatever” after reuniting with DeLonge before his “brutal” chemotherapy sessions. “It’s actually better than it used to be. There was no agenda. There were no lingering grudges. It felt very back to what it should be: three friends sitting in a room,” he said.
DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio guitarist/singer Matt Skiba during his second hiatus from the band and at press time, it is unclear if Skiba will be part of the upcoming outing. Fans suspected something was up recently when Blink-182 wiped their social media accounts and replaced them with the black and white logo from their 2005 greatest hits album.
The OG trio's tour is slated to kick off in March with dates across South America. In May, the band will make their way North America, first stopping in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those dates will wrap up in July, and the band will travel to Europe in September. Australia and New Zealand tour dates are then planned for early 2024.
But the tour isn't the only thing Blink-182 fans have to look forward to. They will also release a comeback single called “EDGING” on Friday (October 14), commemorating the trio’s first time in the studio in 10 years. The song is set to be part of a new album that will drop next year, according to a press release.
In keeping with the barely-contained enthusiasm for the get-together, the band released a silly promotional video for the tour that includes a series of fans wishing for Blink to come to their hometowns. (That's all we'll explain – we'll let you watch it for yourself!) The video features a preview of the hard-edged “Edging,” with the lyrics, “I ain’t that cool/ A little f—ed in the head / They’ll be hangin’ me quick when I’m back from the dead / Get the rope, get the rope, get the rope, get the rope.”
Tickets for the tour – which will include performances at 2023 Lollapaloozas in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil and the 2023 edition of the When We Were Young fest in Las Vegas – are set to go on sale on Monday (Oct. 17) at 10am local time here. The world tour will feature support from the Wallows in South America, Turnstile in North America, The Story So Far in Europe, and Rise Against in Australia/New Zealand.
Watch Blink-182's tour promo video below.
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Article Image: Photo of drummer Travis Barker from Blink-182 as the band plays a concert in 2014. (yakub88 via DepositPhotos.)