Blink and you’ll miss this

Pop punk trio Blink-182 announce summer tour and album release.


Logan Bishop, Online Editor

Two-hundred minus eighteen. Three-hundred and sixty-four divided by two. I think you know who I’m talking about; yes, blink – 182.

Blink – 182, the foundation of pop punk. Songs full of endless lyrics of stupidity that you just can’t help but smile at and other’s that may put you on the verge of tears.  The trio of guys have been together since 1992. One thing has been changed though, instead of Tom Delonge on guitar and vocals, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has been substituted in.

A little less than two weeks ago, the band released a new single, ‘Bored to Death’. This song allowed us to see what Matt Skiba could bring to the band and he sure packed a punch. Not only did they release a new single, but they also announced a brand new album, ‘California,’ that is due to release on July first of this year (which is said to be the 182nd day of the year – clever if you ask me).

With their release of their album being this summer, the trio will be hitting the road with a couple of bands that you might recognize. A Day to Remember, All–American Rejects, and All Time Low will be joining them for a tour that will go down in history.

You may be thinking, what is Delonge doing in the mean time? Well, the drama hasn’t stopped. One day after the release of, ‘Bored to Death’, Delonge took to Facebook with a statement. “Well, I met with Mark yesterday, and Travis the week before…. I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I’m almost closer to him more now than ever,” said Delonge. Four days later, Hoppus responded. “I hadn’t even spoken to Tom in a year and a half. Making music with Delonge again is so far down to the road to even be a possibility,” said Hoppus.

Even though Delonge is out of the band, there are still two original members. Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus have both said that this new album is heading back to their roots. ‘Bored to Death’ proved that to the fans. It’s catchy, sad, and just the type of song you’d listen to towards the end of a relationship (how much more pop punk can you get?). Don’t get me wrong, blink-182 will never be the same without Tom Delonge. Classic’s like ‘I Miss You’ seem to be missing a part from them without Delonge’s “Australian” style of singing.

Nonetheless, this tour will go down in the books. On August 6th, 2016 blink will be in Tampa at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. All Time Low will not be opening, as All American Rejects and All Time Low are playing select dates. Be sure to get your tickets, because they are sure to sell out soon. As for the future of blink, I think they have so much more to offer that we will be able to see on July 1st.