Tom DeLonge And Blink-182 Are Getting Back Together (For The Kids)
"What if I told you we just made the best album of our career?"
In news that finally has me ready to forgive my mum for not letting me attend Soundwave 2013, Tom Delonge has reunited with Blink-182, they’re releasing a brand new album, AND heading down under in 2024.
The band took to social media to announce the news on Wednesday morning after months of speculation regarding a potential Mark, Tom, and Travis reunion.
We’re coming. Tour’s coming. Album’s coming. Tom’s coming. Tickets on sale Monday. New song “Edging” out Friday. https://t.co/lJmgXqI4ab pic.twitter.com/7y0ZoYTcQc
— blink-182 (@blink182) October 11, 2022
Blink haven’t visited Australia since Soundwave 2013, but drummer Travis Barker did not play these shows after developing a phobia of flying following a plane crash that killed his best friend and left him fighting for life in 2008.
DeLonge then left the band two years later in 2015, and was replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba.
But in news that has every former emo kid screaming, crying, and throwing up; the Mark, Tom, and Travis show is re-uniting and coming to Australia for a stadium tour in early 2024.
Thanks, in part, to his new wife Kourtney Kardashian, Barker is flying again and will join his bandmates in Australia for the first time in years.
The Australian leg of the tour comes as part of a mammoth worldwide tour that kicks off in March next year and continues right through until early 2024. If that wasn’t enough, it was also announced today that the band will go-headline next year’s When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas alongside Green Day.
Huge day for the emo group chats, honestly.
The band has also promised that the new album is “the best album of our career”.
What if I told you we just made the best album of our career 😎 @blink182 pic.twitter.com/g8ZNwtOQqY
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) October 11, 2022
The announcement comes after a hectic year for the group after Mark Hoppus was diagnosed with lymphoma last year. He has since been cleared.
Skiba, who came to the band’s rescue when DeLonge initially left, is yet to comment on the situation and his position in the band remains unknown.
Tickets to the Australian and New Zealand tour are on sale from 1pm Thursday 20 October. Dates are as follows:
Friday 9 February – RAC Arena, Perth
Sunday 11 February – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Tuesday 13 February– Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Friday 16 February – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Monday 19 February – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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