The announcement of a new single, world tour, and forthcoming album is sending OG fans into cardiac arrest.
by Gabby Sgherri Publishing date: Oct, 11, 2022
‘90s pop-punk fans were crying, screaming, and throwing up this morning when Blink-182 announced a reunion with founding member Tom DeLonge. The news arrives with a comeback single, “Edging”, which will be released on Friday, October 14th, and marks the first time the trio has been in the studio together in almost a decade. The 2023 world tour starts in March and covers North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Latin America. Popular band, Turnstile, will be opening for the North American dates merging the millennial and Gen Z generations of punk music fans (insert black heart emoji). The reunion also comes with a cryptic announcement about an album next year but no further details have been released. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10 am on Monday, October 17th at blink182.com.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane for those who are unfamiliar with or have forgotten the history of Blink-182 during pop-punk’s heyday. DeLonge founded Blink-182 with Mark Hoppus in 1992 and released two albums, Cheshire Cat (1995) and Dude Ranch (1997), before original drummer, Scott Raynor, was dismissed from the band. This left an opening for Travis Barker to join the band and record their multi-platinum 1999 album Enema of the State which featured the popular songs “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things”. The trio’s next album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, was released in 2001 and became their first No. 1 album in the United States. Things got a little bumpy after this when the group announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. DeLonge pivoted to focus on his band Angels & Airwaves and Barker went solo becoming an in-demand session drummer for various pop-punk and hip-hop artists. Barker’s tragic plane crash happened not long after in 2008 which led to a Blink-182 reunion tour in 2009 followed by another album, Neighbourhoods, and more touring in the early 2010s. DeLonge announced his departure from the band in 2015 and they have never reunited until now.
For all of us who were in a time capsule chokehold of our teenage years, thanks to Olivia Rodrigo’s sour, I predict the return of Blink-182 will once again wreak havoc on my emotions. I’m talking heavy on the black eyeliner, layered long sleeves with T-shirts, refashioned safety pin accessories, and crimped hair while Alexa blasts Blink-182 at a decibel so loud I could damage my ear drums. Except, there is no parental figure to barge into my room and demand I turn down the soundtrack to my internal angst or tell me my eyes look like a raccoon because I am no longer a teenager living at home. It’s giving a whole new perspective to the 1999 hit “What’s My Age Again?” but the absence of house rules means I can, in fact, do whatever I want, na-na, na-na, na-na, na-na, na-na. So I present the very original idea of gathering my cherished ‘90s and 2000s accessories in preparation for Blink-182’s reunion tour. Points if you still have any of these items in your possession and do not need to visit Hot Topic. Minus points, if this is the first time you’re seeing a wallet chain.