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Blink-182 Reunited to Play Las Vegas Festival on World Tour

Posted: October 11, 2022, 2:42 a.m.

Last update on: October 11, 2022, 03:09h.

Blink-182, one of the most beloved pop-punk bands of all time, announced on Tuesday that their most successful lineup has reunited. Drummer Travis Barker, bassist Mark Hoppus and vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge – the co-founder who left the band in 2015 and was subsequently replaced – are recording a new album and kicking off a massive world tour next spring.

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The reunited Blink-182s are drummer Travis Barker, 46; bassist Mark Hoppus, 50; and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, 46. (Image: consequence.net)

From March 11, 2023 to February 26, 2024, the tour will include the “When We Were Young” festival on October 21, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. His bill will also include Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Offspring and Good Charlotte.

Tickets for the festival and the rest of Blink-182’s tour go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, October 17 through Ticketmaster and blnk182.com. A Live Nation presale is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at 10 a.m. (use access code PUMPKIN). No information on ticket prices has been released.

Blink-182 also announced that a new song titled “Edging” will be released this Friday, October 14.

all the great things

Blink-182 was founded in 1992 by DeLonge and Hoppus in their hometown of San Diego. Original drummer Scott Raynor was replaced in 1998 by Barker. This formed the lineup that rose to stardom via the band’s 1999 album, State enema. His hits — played regularly by speakers at American sporting events over the past 20 years — included “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the little things”.

DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker recorded three albums together before the band went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2005, in part due to DeLonge’s stated desire to spend more time with his family. They reunited for several years after a performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards, but DeLonge quit again in 2015.

DeLonge and the Hoppus reportedly mended their relationship last year, after Hoppus battled stage 4 lymphoma. In September 2021, after multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Hoppus declared himself “cancer free” via his Instagram account.

Who is still the star?

Perhaps the Blink-182 reunion will mark the beginning of a new group dynamic for the trio. Barker, now a tabloid celebrity, is now its most recognizable member. The heavily tattooed drummer – who is also known as a rapper, clothing entrepreneur and Mr. Kourtney Kardashian – is sure to bring a new demographic to the band’s fan base.

Previously, the band’s star was DeLonge, as evidenced by the two unsuccessful albums — 2016’s “California” and 2019’s “Nine” — that Blink-182 released with replacement frontman Matt Skiba of The Alkaline Trio. Skiba will not be part of the next tour.