|One of the most recognized pop-rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s, Blink-182 played a defining role in the formation of the pop-punk movement. Hailing from California, the group consists of Mark Hoppus (vocals, bass), Travis Barker (drums) and Tom DeLonge (guitar, vocals). The trio first came together and began making music in 1992, and would remain active until taking a hiatus from music in 2005. Having reformed in 2009, the group continues to delight audiences across the country with its erratic behavior and incredibly energetic performances. Purchase your Blink-182 tickets today to experience one of the most important bands of the 90s.|
Early changes and the road to success
Originally known as Blink, the band came together in 1992 just outside of San Diego, California. Prior to Barker joining the group as drummer in the late 90s, Scott Raynor served as the band’s drummer. The trio self-released an EP titled Fly Swatter in 1993 and the full-length Buddha a year later. After Blink released its freshman studio album, Cheshire Cat, an Irish band by the same name threatened a lawsuit. At this point the trio added the numerals that make the band’s name easily identifiable today.
Blink 182 quickly became a staple in the extreme sports community and gained notoriety touring as part of the 1996-1997 Warped Tour. The trio released Dude Ranch in 1997 under a collaborative effort by Cargo and MCA. The album went platinum by the end of the following year, and Blink 182 signed on with MCA. Halfway through touring in 1998, Raynor left the band and DeLonge and Hoppus acquired the talented musicianship of Barker, formerly of the Aquabats. The 1999 release of Blink 182’s third studio album, Enema of the State, would skyrocket the trio to mainstream commercial success.
Enema of the State quickly sold over 4 million albums, which was complemented by an arena tour and busy publicity schedule for the modern day punk rockers. In 2001, Blink 182 followed up this success with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which debuted as the No. 1 album in both the U.S. and Canada. Over the next few years the band continued producing new music and kept a rigorous touring schedule, but in February 2005 Blink 182 announced an unexpected “indefinite hiatus.”
DeLonge cited needing the time off of touring to spend with his family and the trio started having disagreements during rehearsals. All three members developed side projects that reached various levels of mainstream success, but did not speak to one another again until 2008. That year, tragically, Barker was in a serious plane crash, and was one of the two survivors. Hoppus and DeLonge both jumped to check on their former bandmate, and the three reconciled as Barker spent the following year recovering.
In 2009, Blink 182 announced that it had reunited, and the trio went on tour with Weezer before getting back in the studio. Blink 182’s comeback album, Neighborhoods, faced numerous delays due to each member’s other commitments and various hold ups within the studio. Yet, the album was released in fall 2011 and peaked in the No. 2 position on the Billboard 200. Blink 182 remained busy for the remainder of the year touring with bands such as Rancid, Against Me! and My Chemical Romance.
In 2012, Blink 182 ended its relationship with Interscope and self-released the EP Dogs Eating Dogs. Though DeLonge again decided to break from the band in 2014, Hoppus and Barker called in Alkaline Trio’s guitarist Matt Skiba to fill in for future tour dates.