Four years after an acrimonious split, Blink-182 announced at the Grammys last night that they’re returning to the studio to record another album. Guitarist Tom DeLonge left the group in 2005 to start Angels & Airwaves, leaving bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker to record as +44. Bad blood brewed between the factions until Barker’s near-fatal November plane crash inspired DeLonge to reach out to his former bandmates.
While Hoppus and Barker have announced solo albums and Angels & Airwaves plans to continue, the trio’s attentions will be focused on recording and preparing for a summer tour. Rumors are already brewing that the group will hit the road with 2002 tourmates Green Day, who are also working on a new album. While Barker’s arm sling and DeLonge detached demeanor during their announcement suggest that the details may not be fully worked out, Hoppus (“Blink-182 are back!”) may have enough enthusiasm for the whole group.
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When champion egoist Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 in 2005 to take the long way to Uranus with Angels & Airwaves, it didn’t look like the popular pop-punk trio would ever work together again. But following the recent death of producer Jerry Finn and drummer Travis Barker‘s plane crash, the former friends were inspired to patch things up. Bassist Mark Hoppus spilled the beans on his blog.
in the midst of everything else that has happened lately, tom, travis, and i have all spoken together. first through a number of phone calls, and then a couple of weeks ago we all hung out for a few hours. they’ve all been great, very positive conversations. we’re just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking. it’s a good thing. obviously the first question for a lot of people will be “does this mean a blink-182 reunion?” the answer is none of us know. we haven’t talked about it at all. right now it’s just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect, and let the past be the past. the events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. life is too short.
Both Angels & Airwaves and Hoppus and Barker’s band, (+44), plan on releasing albums next year, so there probably won’t be any full-on reunion soon. But if both acts bomb in ’09, it’s hard to imagine what would keep them from reviving such a sure thing.
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