Blink-182 reunites for world tour with Tom DeLonge

Blink-182, the rock trio that rose to fame in the late 1990s by fusing pop and punk music for mainstream audiences, is reuniting for the first time in years and embarking on a world tour.

The group announcement the tour and an upcoming album on Tuesday, ahead of the scheduled release of her new single, “Edging,” on streaming platforms this Friday. Tom DeLonge, one of the founding members of Blink-182, will join Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker for the first time in seven years, having left the group for a second time in 2015.

Blink-182, whose lyrics were filled with humor and teenage angst, has sold over 50 million albums with hits such as “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the little things”. His new tour – which runs from March 2023 to February 2024 – is another sign that rock and pop-punk are slowly returning to the mainstream.

For years, genres like electronic dance music, hip-hop, and chamber pop have cornered the music charts. But artists like Avril Lavigne, Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, Willow Smith and Billie Eilish have all released songs in the past couple of years that venture into punk or rock.

“It makes perfect sense… that rock music is experiencing a resurgence. And when you have a resurgence, there’s always the legends that were there and influenced it that come back,” said Michael Kaminsky, founder and president of artist management group KMGMT.

Blink-182 last released an album in 2019, but its members have remained in the public eye. Barker, the drummer, married Kourtney Kardashian earlier this year after courting her in front of cameras for the first season of the family’s famous Hulu show. He has also collaborated with younger stars such as Willow Smith and Machine Gun Kelly.

He “always stayed cool and hip, and made a lot of recordings with a lot of up-and-coming bands,” said musician and songwriter Bobby Borg. “I think that’s what makes them capable of doing resurgence tours – they’re still respected and seen as relevant.”

Hoppus, the band’s bassist and vocalist, also made headlines after announcing last year that he was receiving treatment for cancer. DeLonge, guitarist and singer, is well known for his UFO and alien theories, posting videos that were later declassified and released by the Pentagon.

Tom DeLonge defined pop-punk with Blink-182. He left fame behind to study extraterrestrials.

Other signs of a pop-punk comeback include Las Vegas music festival When We Were Young, known for its 2000s emo lineup. Next year, artists will include headliners Blink- 182 and Green Day, as well as My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, the Offspring, Rise Against, Yellowcard, Sum 41 and Simple Plan.

“Blink-182 influenced a whole generation of music that followed them and laid the foundations of punk rock,” said Sophie Reeves, executive producer at creative studio Production Club. “I think there’s definitely hope for this music to make a stronger comeback.”

“Plaid skirts, combat boots, ripped jeans, leather — you see that again, and I just laugh,” Borg said.

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