Tom DeLonge has rejoined Blink-182 and will embark on an arena tour in 2023 with the band, according to a report by a Chicago radio station that has since been deleted.
According to a report by Troy Hanson, the Vice President of Rock Programming at Cumulus Media, DeLonge has officially returned as a member of the award-winning group, Blink-182, and the band is planning to hit the road on a North American arena in the near future.
Hanson revealed the exciting news that fans have been eagerly waiting for on Q101’s Brian, Ali & Justin Podcast, which is known as Chicago’s Best Alternative Rock Station.
“Tom DeLonge has rejoined blink-182,” Hanson unveiled on the podcast, before revealing, “and they are coming to the United Center,” an arena located Chicago, Illinois. “Live Nation that’s my gift to you for doing this whole thing in late October with Panic! At The Disco. I just blew your nut on Blink-182. Sorry not sorry,” Hanson added.
While the band has yet to confirm the reunion with DeLonge and hasn’t announced any tour dates as of yet, it seems Hanson has the inside scoop on the situation. If the Chicago concert gets confirmed, the show will likely be a part of the rumored North American arena trek.
Blink-182 parted ways with DeLonge in January of 2015, after which the “All The Small Things” singers recruited Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to take him place in the band and was featured on the band’s albums California, in 2016 and NINE in 2019. . DeLonge co-founded Blink-182 with Mark Hoppus in 1992.
At the time of separate, the band took to social media and wrote, “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other nonmusical endeavors. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
DeLonge then clarified his position in the band at the time with a post of his own after Blink-182 shared a statement.
“To all the fans, I never quit the band,” DeLonge said. “I actually was on a phone call about a blink-182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in. Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional, yes. But, Christ.”
Blink-182 is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and after rumors circulated online this past summer, Mark Hoppus debunked the rumor of DeLonge’s return.
“There is no news to share,” Hoppus confirmed on his Discord channel after several news outlets reported on a potential Blink-182 reunion. “There is no announcement. Today is thirty years of blink-182!”
However, during a recent interview with PEOPLE, Hoppus revealed that he, DeLonge and Travis Barker reunited in April of 2021 after Hoppus’ cancer diagnosis and have kept in touch since.
“It was the first time that all three of us were in the same room in like five years,” Hoppus told PEOPLE. “It’s actually better than it used to be. There was no agenda. There were no lingering grudges. It felt very back to what it should be: three friends sitting in a room.”
“I keep writing music, and I’m open to whatever the next phase of Blink is,” Hoppus added. “I’m hopeful for the future. I’m just damn glad to be here.”
During an interview in September 2021 with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, DeLonge revealed that he and Hoppus were “able to completely repair” their friendship after reconnecting as Hoppus battles cancer and DeLonge undergoes a divorce.
“Now, we talk multiple times a day,” DeLonge shared during the interview with Lowe. “We’ve been able to completely repair that friendship and really cut to the depth of who we are as people and what this is all about.”
The excitement really grew when fans began to notice that DeLonge added Blink 182 back into his Instagram bio, which now reads “I make music (Blink 182 and Angels & airwaves).” In July, DeLonge also shared a black and white throwback photo of the band. The post received comments from fans saying, “is this a sign?” and “What does this mean??”
It has been confirmed that as of lately Skiba returned to the road with his former band, Alkaline Trio, further igniting the excitement for a potential Blink-182 reunion with DeLonge.
The story is developing and neither DeLonge nor Blink-182 has shared any information on this situation if it is true.
Blink-182 currently have no scheduled tour dates, according to their official website.