Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
It's been a turbulent ride for Blink 182 fans, but the band is back and ready to tour Australia in 2024. Read on to learn more about how we got here.
Blink-182 formed in 1992 in Poway, California. The band initially consisted of Tom DeLonge (vocals and guitar), Mark Hoppus (vocals and bass), and Scott Raynor (drums). They gained immense popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s as one of the leading pop-punk and skate-punk genres bands. Known for their catchy melodies, humorous lyrics, and energetic live performances, Blink-182 became a seminal act in punk rock.
However, as with many bands, internal tensions and personal differences began to take a toll on the group. In early 2005, Blink-182 announced an "indefinite hiatus." This decision shocked their fans, who had grown accustomed to their consistent output of hit albums and infectious songs. The official statement cited the need for a break to explore individual interests and recharge creatively, but it was clear that growing tensions within the band were a significant factor.
The hiatus allowed the band members to focus on their respective side projects. Tom DeLonge started a band called Angels & Airwaves, exploring a more experimental and atmospheric sound. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, the new drummer who replaced Scott Raynor in 1998, formed the band (+44), which had a sound reminiscent of Blink-182's pop-punk roots.
The situation took a dramatic turn in February 2005 when Blink-182 announced they would cancel their upcoming tour. This added to the speculation that all was not well within the group. A few months later, in February 2005, Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 entirely. His departure marked a turning point in the band's history, as he had been a key songwriter and one of the distinctive voices in their music.
After DeLonge's departure, Blink-182 remained on indefinite hiatus, and it seemed uncertain whether they would ever reunite. The remaining members, Hoppus and Barker, explored their separate projects for several years. Meanwhile, DeLonge pursued various musical endeavours and became known for his interest in extraterrestrial research and founding the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science.
It wasn't until 2009 that there were signs of a possible Blink-182 reunion. The band members reconciled their differences, and Barker, who had survived a life-threatening plane crash in 2008, cited the experience as a turning point in his perspective on life and music. In 2009, Blink-182 officially reunited, released their sixth studio album "Neighborhoods" in 2011, and continued to tour and record music together, much to the delight of their dedicated fan base.
Blink-182 first visited Australia in the mid-1990s when they were still gaining prominence in the punk rock scene. They played small, intimate shows and became a Big Day Out Festival staple. They performed at the festival multiple times during the late 1990s and early 2000s – often in early afternoon spots.
Blink-182's popularity soared with albums like 'Enema of the State' and 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket,' their Australian tours grew more extravagant. 'The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show' marked the band's last visit to Australia before their initial hiatus. The tour included several sold-out shows and was a poignant moment for fans as they were unsure when Blink-182 would return.
After the band's reunion in 2009, Blink-182 embarked on a worldwide tour, which included Australia. Then, in 2013, Blink-182 headlined the Soundwave Festival.
In 2015, Blink-182 faced another significant change when Tom DeLonge left the band for the second time. This time, he was replaced by Matt Skiba, best known as a member of the band Alkaline Trio. Blink-182 released the album "California" in 2016, featuring Skiba as a full-time member. After the release of "California," Blink-182 continued to tour and release new music with Matt Skiba. Then, to everyone's surprise, Tom came back…
After years of anticipation, the iconic pop-punk trio is gearing up to release new music and planning an epic global tour, including a highly anticipated visit to Australia in 2024.
The band released their first new song, titled 'Edging,' the trio's first collaborative musical effort since the 2012 EP, 'Dogs Eating Dogs.' This has since been followed by two new songs and the announcement of a new album in October 2023.
The band has described the upcoming tour as their "biggest tour ever." With a catalogue of hits spanning decades, including classics like 'All the Small Things,' 'What's My Age Again?' and 'I Miss You,' the band will surely deliver an unforgettable concert experience.
Australian and New Zealand fans have long held a special place in their hearts for the band, and the prospect of seeing them live once again on their home turf is a dream come true. Blink-182 will be sharing the stage with the acclaimed punk rock band Rise Against, creating an electrifying double bill that promises an unforgettable night of music.
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