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Blink-182 officially returns after four-year hiatus
At the 51st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, punk rock trio Blink-182 appeared together on stage for the first time since 2004 to announce its reunion.

According to a message from the band members on its official web site, they have officially reunited and promised a world tour this summer and a new album.

The San Diego-based group, known for such hits as “What’s My Age Again?” and “First Date,” went on an indefinite hiatus back in 2005 after guitarist Tom DeLonge cancelled a tour to spend more time with family. Many speculated that before the band’s break up major tension had developed between DeLonge and Blink-182’s other members, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker.

Since 2005, DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker have kept themselves busy by working on various projects. DeLonge formed his own band, Angels & Airwaves, which have since toured extensively and released two full-length albums: We Don’t Need to Whisper in 2006 and I-Empire in 2008.

Hoppus and Barker formed +44, another punk rock outfit. Hoppus also hosted his own podcast, My Name is Mark, as Barker continued to run his own clothing line, Famous Stars and Straps.

DeLonge reportedly began speaking to Barker and Hoppus again after Barker was involved in a serious plane crash on Sept. 19 of last year.
" Katherine Atkinson

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