When the three the guys from Blink-182 were running naked on MTV in 1999, it wasn’t necessarily easy to predict that the newly reunited trio would end up as one of the most enduring and influential bands of their generation – or that they would have one of the weirdest and most dramatic backstage sagas of any band you could name.
The band broke up just six years later, reuniting in 2009, with DeLonge leaving in 2015. They continued with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in his place. Earlier this week, the band announced that DeLonge was back; they released new single “Edging” and announced a new tour and album for next year.
In 1999, guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge had already written “Aliens Exist”, but no one knew that he would become a major UFO researcher, or for that matter, that he would leak videos of UFOs that the US government would recognize as genuine (and create his own band, Angels and Airwaves, who weren’t opposed to a similar subject).
Travis Barker survived a horrific plane crash in 2008 and became a key bridge between pop-punk and hip-hop, as well as an architect of our current rock revival, working with Machine Gun Kelly, among others. Mark Hoppus recently survived a bout with cancer, which DeLonge credits with putting their past differences into perspective, seemingly paving the way for their current reunion. When a fan joked on Twitter that Earth would lose its protector to UFOs, DeLonge replied that he planned to “save Earth with dick jokes.”
On the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Andy Greene joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the reunion, new single “Edging” and all the crazy Blink-182 history. To listen to the full episode, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or hit play above.
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