Rumors have been floating around various message boards (ok, just Absolute Punk) for quite some time now speculating the return of pop punk monsters Blink-182. After Travis Barker’s near death experience in the tragic plane crash, odd man out and former Blink guitarist Tom DeLonge started talking to his former members again. Since then, we’ve been constantly hearing little blurbs about the band getting along and talking frequently, which is all well and good in it’s own rite.
The big wrench in the gears has been this constant back and forth dialogue between the band members and the press, specifically when speaking about them reuniting. Reports have DeLonge and Hoppus using phrases like ‘no, there’s no foreseeable future for Blink-182′, which quickly went to ‘well, if the band got back together…’, and eventually a denouncement from Barker saying that they’ll never play again. Sounds like high school drama, doesn’t it?
Now the band has officially announced that they will be together on stage again… as presenters at this year’s Grammy awards.
Long-suffering Blink-182 fans, your prayers have been answered. Or, at least, taken a step toward being answered. On Thursday (February 5), the Recording Academy announced that Blink-182 will reunite at Sunday’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards … as presenters.
It will mark the first time that all three members of Blink â€” Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker â€” have shared a stage together since December 2004. They announced they were going on “indefinite hiatus” in February 2005, and since then have been trading barbs and focusing on new projects â€” Hoppus and Barker with +44, DeLonge with Angels & Airwaves.
But in recent months, that frosty relationship seems to have thawed. First, Hoppus wrote a blog announcing that he, Barker and DeLonge had begun spending time together, fueling rumors of a full-scale Blink-182 reunion. Then, in an exclusive interview with MTV News, Hoppus said that he and DeLonge were “friends” again, and that “the future is wide open” for a Blink reunion.
There’s no question in my mind that this is just to hype up some massive tour announcement or festival appearance, which is a brilliant (yet overused) marketing ploy. Kudos to them, and we’ll keep you updated with any… well, updates.