The highly anticipated show will mark Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker’s first performance together in almost a decade. The band had been set to kick off their reunion tour last month in South America, but were forced to postpone those dates after Travis Barker injured his finger.
Upon initial news of the reunion, Mark Hoppus went on his Apple Music Radio show to discuss the forthcoming shows. “We did it!” Hoppus celebrated on his radio show. “Blink-182 is back together, people. It’s happening. 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.”
The bassist shared an anecdote illustrating just how difficult it had been to keep the news to himself, recalling a fan coming over to him at a Dodgers game a few days earlier. “We take our picture, and he’s like, ‘I love your band. Grew up on your band,’” Hoppus said. 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.’”
Of the mood within the band’s camp, the musician added that all three members were “on a good page.” “We’re all stoked and lots of shows coming up,” he added. “We’re going to so many places that we’ve never been before, and I am so excited.”