Mark Hoppus Reflects On Tom DeLonge’s Return To Blink-182
In a recent conversation with After School Radio of Apple Music Hits, Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus shared his feelings on reuniting with the band’s guitarist Tom DeLonge.
After being a member of Blink-182 since its inception in 1992, Tom DeLonge quit the band in 2005, leading to an indefinite hiatus. Although the musician returned in 2009, he left again in 2015, marking the last time the classic Blink-182 lineup performed or released original music together as a band. Following DeLonge’s second departure, the band played with Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba until the recent breaking news.
Blink-182 has just announced that they are finally reuniting with Tom DeLonge for a new single, a studio album, and an extensive global tour. The band members shared the good news through social media posts, which excited their fans. Blink-182’s new song, ‘Edging,’ featuring the classic lineup of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker, will drop on October 14.
Speaking of this exciting news in a recent interview, Mark Hoppus said that he was delighted to have Tom DeLonge back in the band again. He also feels very excited about all their upcoming projects and plans. The singer explained that he was relieved to finally share the reunion news since he was tired of keeping it a secret for a long time.
Hoppus also revealed a funny story involving one of their fans just days before announcing the reunion. While the musician was at a sports game, he was approached by a fan who asked whether there was any chance of getting DeLonge back in the band. Even though Mark wanted to tell him the exciting news, he had to wait a few more days.
Mark Hoppus’ words on reuniting with Tom DeLonge:
“Yes, it’s happening. Blink-182, world tour, new music, new album. Tom’s back. Man, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. That was a burden to carry that secret for so long.”
His memory with a fan:
“I was at the Dodgers game the other night, and a fan came up. It was a guy and his wife, probably late twenties or early thirties. We take our picture, and he’s like, ‘I love your band. Grew up on your band.’ He’s like, ‘Dude, is there any way, any way at all?’ And I’m like, ‘Any way for what?’ And he’s like, ‘Is there any chance of a Blink-182 reunion tour with Tom back in the band at all?’ And he had such hope and desperation in his eyes, and I just wanted to put my hand on his shoulder and say, ‘My friend, just you wait. Just wait three, four more days.'”
The band’s grand world tour is scheduled to begin in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 11, 2023, and end in Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 26, 2024. After touring South America, Blink-182 will head to the United States, Europe, and the Australian continent. New dates could also be added in the coming days.