Tom DeLonge Says Upcoming Blink-182 Reunion Album Is ‘The Best’ One They’ve Ever Made
Tom DeLonge gave Blink-182 fans an early Christmas gift last month when he revealed that the first album from the reunited band is coming “in a few months.” Then, on Christmas Eve, DeLonge pulled the curtain back a bit more and promised fans that the best is yet to come.
“This is our best album. Buckle up,” wrote co-vocalist/guitarist DeLonge in an Instagram post that featured an image of the cartoon rabbit from one of the band’s 1999 tour posters. “I’m tripping and so proud to have created TOGETHER. As one force of fun, eternal youth and, most importantly, close friends.
DeLonge — who rejoined the band in 2022 after leaving for a second time in 2014 — tagged bandmates drummer Travis Barker and singer/bassist Mark Hoppus in the post about the eagerly awaited follow-up to the trio’s 2019 album Nine, their second, and final, studio effort featuring fill-in third member Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio).
Although a release date and title have not been revealed, the first single, “Edging”, has been a huge success at alternative radio. It topped the alt radio charts for two months. DeLonge also said last month that “the next single” would be “fire emoji”.
As part of the slow leak of information, last month Hoppus described the follow-up to the trio’s last studio album together, 2011’s Neighborhoods, with a fire emoji, followed by a metal salute emoji. Hoppus also posted what appeared like very brand-new lyrics to what appeared to have been another song.
“I like cheese/ In my UHaul/ And drink so many beer/ I never pee at all/ I put down my dog/ And pulled my grandma’s plug/ I was getting sorta used to being someone you loved,” reads the lyrics. The lyrics revealed that the lyrics were a gag.
Barker also posted a triple-time, killer drum solo from the studio in December with the caption, “Anthem Pt. 3.” The first “Anthem” appeared on the group’s 1999 breakthrough Enema of the State album, with the sequel showing up on their follow-up fourth full-length, 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.
The reunited trio’s massive world tour is slated to kick off on March 11 in Tijuana, Mexico at the Imperial GNP festival and keep the band on the road in South America and Mexico through April 2 before shifting to North America on May 4 with a show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota; those dates will run through a July 16 gig in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena and then move on to Europe in September and Australia/New Zealand in early 2024.
Below is DeLonge’s post.
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