Fans of Blink-182 have seen this before. They’re breaking up, then they’re back and then they’re breaking up again. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker blame Tom DeLonge, while he blames them right back. Then news comes of a possible reunion.
Billboard reports that there might be some good news for fans hoping the original lineup gets back together. While attending San Diego Comic-Con to promote his new graphic novel, DeLonge had a promising response to what it would take for him to join the band.
“Probably just a few phone calls," DeLonge said while smiling, but did not go into further detail.
This comes just a few days after the announcement was made that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be heading into the studio with the band in August to begin recording new material. In April, Skiba told Alternative Nation it was too soon to know if he was a permanent member of the band. “But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell,” Skiba dished.
Earlier this year, DeLonge parted from the group after he allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them, according to NME. In January, the guiatrist responded to rumors of his departure by tweeting, “A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis ... Don't pretend there isn't more to the story.” Hoppus and Barker blamed DeLonge as the source of all the band’s strife and claimed DeLonge effectively quit the band. The pair said they were tired of lying to fans about plans to record another album. However, they recently claimed that they were going through a "friendly divorce" with the exiled musician.
The band was also on a break from 2005-2009 before they got back together for a tour and recorded “Neighborhoods,” which was released in September 2011.
Here’s a video of what Blink-182 sound like with Skiba:
Blink-182 last released new music on December 18, 2012 when they self-released the “Dogs Eating Dogs” EP. Meanwhile, DeLonge has been keeping busy with his band Angels and Airwaves and releasing solo work. He put out an eight-song collection of solo works and Blink-182 demos called “To the Stars” on April 21.