The internet is buzzing with the possibility that everyone’s favorite slapstick pop punk trio may be reuniting. Last weekend, lead singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge shared a photo with fellow group members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, as well as updating his Instagram bio to list Blink-182, which he left in 2015, as one of his bands.
This may seem like nothing out of context, however it comes after months of speculation about a return of his to the group. DeLonge had already revealed in 2019 a desire to reunite with the other members, but the idea only began to be treated as a possibility after bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus was open in an interview with GQ:
“We haven’t talked about it, but I’m open to anything in the future. I don’t know how it would work if it’s the four of us. Like, are we all going to live in the same house again?”
The existence of four people in the lineup may not be such a big concern. Recently, Matt Skiba, DeLonge’s replacement in Blink-182, contributed to the rumors of the reunion of the classic members by revealing on Instagram that he didn’t know if he was part of the group anymore. The musician responded to a comment by saying:
“Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, I am very proud and grateful for my time in blink-182. We’ll see…”
The singer and guitarist recorded two albums with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker – “California” (2016) and “Nine” (2019) – although he was not credited on the single “Quarantine,” released in 2020.
Tom DeLonge and Blink-182
The rapprochement between Tom DeLonge and the other members would have happened during the period when Mark Hoppus battled leukemia in 2021. In the same GQ interview in which the bassist revealed the possibility of a comeback, DeLonge talked about a reunion after Hoppus was diagnosed with cancer last year.
“We talked about life stuff. What we’ve learned over the years about ourselves. How we’ve grown, how nothing really matters in relation to what we were dealing with at that moment. So it wasn’t a big meeting about Blink-182, it was more about brothers getting together and talking about, ‘how can we support Mark?”