Mark Hoppus Discusses Blink-182 Future After Tom DeLonge Reconciliation

18 August 2022 | 12:26 pm | Dan Cribb

"It was the first time that all three of us were in the same room in like five years."

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After previously shutting down rumours that Tom DeLonge had re-joined blink-182, Mark Hoppus has spoken candidly about the band’s future, and it’s sounding very promising for fans.

In a new interview with People, Hoppus discussed his relationship with the band’s former guitarist and vocalist, stating that it’s “better than it used to be” following the bassist’s cancer scare.

Hoppus revealed that DeLonge, joined by drummer Travis Barker, came to visit him at home after his cancer diagnosis in April 2021.

"It was the first time that all three of us were in the same room in like five years," Hoppus said.

"There was no agenda. There were no lingering grudges. It felt very back to what it should be: three friends sitting in a room."

He added that "everybody's in a really great place right now” and while he wouldn’t disclose the exact line-up of blink moving forward – whether or not that includes DeLonge and/or replacement Matt Skiba – he did state he’s been writing new music.

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"I'm open to whatever the next phase of Blink is," he said. "I'm hopeful for the future. I'm just damn glad to be here."

Earlier this month, Hoppus denied that a blink-182 reunion with DeLonge was imminent following a slew of rumours.

Speaking on his Discord, Hoppus has stated that "there is no news to share. There is no announcement. Today is thirty years of blink-182!"

He added that if there were any blink-182 and DeLonge reunion news, the band would be making quite a lot of noise about it, and not cryptically teasing fans with old photos on social media and Funko Pop! Vinyl figures.

Since DeLonge's departure from the band for a second time in 2015, blink-182 have released two full-length albums with Skiba, 2016's California and 2019's Nine. 

To date, DeLonge's last work with blink-182 was 2015's Neighborhoods, which received a mixed response from fans.