The boys are back

Nicole Aikens

Blink-182 sets out to record new album

Courtesy Geffen Records

Credit: DKS Editors

Blink-182 announced Feb. 22, 2005, they would no longer being making music together. Almost four years to the day, Feb. 8, Blink-182 announced the end of its “indefinite hiatus” at the Grammy Awards.

Blink-182 is made up of members Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker. Barker joined the party in 1998 when the band’s previous drummer, Scott Raynor, left the band. From there, the band took off. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the band had four records go platinum after the addition of Barker, three of which featured Barker.

When the group stopped working together in 2005, each member started working heavily on side projects. DeLonge was involved in the band Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker formed the band +44. Barker also collaborated with DJ AM and various other hip-hop acts.

Now, after a four-year wait, Blink-182 has decided to play together once again. The guys are recording a new album, and they are planning a summer 2009 tour.

An update on the band’s Web site really says it best:

“Hi. We’re Blink-182. This past week there’ve been a lot of questions about the current status of the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us. To put it simply, We’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. Seventeen years deep in our legacy. Summer 2009. Thanks and get ready…”

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Blink-182 over the years

“Buddha”

Original release year: 1994

Label: Kung Fu Records

“Cheshire Cat”

Original release year: 1994

Label: Cargo/ Umgd

“Dude Ranch”

Original release year: 1997

Label: Cargo/ Umgd

1998: Travis Barker joined Blink-182 after drummer Scott Raynor left the band mid-tour.

“Enema of The State”

Original release year: 1999

Label: MCA

“The Mark, Tom & Travis Show”

Original release year: 2000

Label: MCA International

“Take Off Your Pants & Jacket”

Original release year: 2001

Label: MCA

“Blink-182”

Original release year: 2003

Label: Geffen Records

Feb. 22, 2005: The band announces its “indefinite hiatus.”

“Greatest Hits”

Original release year: 2005

Label: Geffen Records

Feb. 2009: The band announces at the Grammy Awards and on its Web site that they are back together.

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Compiled by: Nicole Aikens