Pop-Punk Kings Blink-182: Reunited and Ready to Party Like Itâ€™s 1999
Plane crash spurs reconciliation, band plans tour, album by yearâ€™s end
When Blink-182 broke up in 2005, they were sick of fame. â€œThe giant vehicle of the band was determining everything,â€ says bassist Mark Hoppus. â€œIt sounds cheesy, but we needed to take time to find ourselves.â€ Apparently they have: At the Grammys, on February 8, the pop-punk superstars announced that they are reuniting â€“ and sources say the band will tour this summer and release a new album by the end of the year.
Tragedy sparked the reconciliation. After drummer -Travis Barker was injured in a plane crash in September, guitarist-singer Tom DeLonge â€“ who had been estranged from his bandmates since abruptly quitting â€“ reached out. (Barker just underwent hand surgery for nerve damage sustained in the crash.) â€œI put the bullshit aside and wrote him a letter,â€ DeLonge says. â€œThere was no big talk; after a couple of phone calls, things were back to normal.â€
Now, the trio â€“ who have sold almost 13 million records since forming as teens in San Diego in 1992 â€“ are in the early stages of recording their self-produced sixth album. â€œWeâ€™re talking about using analogue keyboards from the Sixties,â€ says DeLonge, who fronted emo-rock act Angels and Airwaves after leaving Blink. (Barker and Hoppus released one album as +44.) â€œPeople are going to be blown away.â€
Promoters expect the trioâ€™s tour will be a hit. (Their last trek, in 2004, grossed $6.9Â million.) â€œOn the Warped Tour Website, we ask fans who they want to see, and Blink pops up all the time,â€ says the festâ€™s founder, Kevin Lyman. For a new generation of emo fans and bands, Blinkâ€™s irreverent, upbeat take on punk rock with hits like â€˜Whatâ€™s My Age Again?â€™ and â€˜All the Small Thingsâ€™ was hugely influential. â€œTheyâ€™re the godfathers of punk pop,â€ says the Academy Isâ€¦ frontman William Beckett â€“ who wasnâ€™t old enough to drive during Blinkâ€™s late-1990s heyday. â€œWhen I heard they were reuniting, I was losing my mind on my blog.â€