Although blink 182‘s comeback announcement was littered with insinuations about delayed gratification, the band wasted no time in sharing new music. Just days after the band announced it Tom DeLonge was at again Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker in the lineup, blink-182 shared “Edging,” a song full of the band’s signature brand of defiant immaturity mixed with SoCal punk rock. As usual, Tom and Mark split the vocals on the track, which you can listen to above.
This year marks thirty years since blink-182 was formed in San Diego. The original series appears Scott Raynor on drums (you can see him in the videos for “Dammit” and “Josie”) before he was fired in 1998. Travis Barker, who played drums for Blink’s tour mates at the time The Aquabatsfirst stepped in as a temporary replacement, before joining the band full-time before the band’s mainstream breakthrough, 1999’s Enema of the State. Tom would leave the group in 2005, per NPR, leading to the formation of Angels And Airwaveswhile Travis and Mark would form +44. The trio reunited in 2008 and stayed together until 2015, when Tom left again. Both splits have been cited over creative differences.
In the years since the second exit, Tom has become involved in the investigation of extraterrestrial life. Matt Skibaa co-founder of the punk band Alkaline Trio, stepped in and was a full member of the band until Tom’s return. Following the news that the Mark, Tom and Travis show had reunited, Skiba left the group.
“I personally sent this to Matt, but it’s important for the world to know that I’m honoring him,” Tom wrote in an Oct. 13 IG post. The message he sent to Skiba read: “Hi Matt. Tom DeLonge here. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all you have done to keep the band thriving in my absence. I think you are immensely talented (I still love and listen to your band to this day). You have always been so good to me, not only in the press, but also to others. I really noticed.”
“Emotions between the three of us in the blink of an eye have always been complicated, but Mark’s cancer really put things into perspective,” DeLonge added. “But to be honest, the group wouldn’t even be here today if it wasn’t for your ability to jump in and save the day. So from my heart to yours, thank you for being a member of our band.”
Along with the reunion, the band announced a 2023/24 World Tour. The tour kicks off in Mexico in March 2023, before heading to the States in May. South America, Europe and Australia dates are included. Click here for more details.