In den 90er Jahren gegründet, war das Trio aus Californien mit ihrem Pop-Punk prägend für viele Jugendliche. Ende 2004 verschwand Blink 182 ganz plötzlich von der Bildfläche, die drei sympathischen Jungs aus den Suburbs von San Diego, widmeten sich anderen Projekten. Wie Sänger und Gitarrist Tom DeLonge der bei der amerikanischen Band Angels & Airwaves nun den Sänger machte, aber auch Drummer Travis Barker und Sänger-Bassist Mark Hoppus waren nicht untätig. +44 ist der Name des Projekts der beiden. Doch 2009, um genau zu sein bei den Grammy Awards- Verleihung war es dann soweit: Blink 182, in alter Formation und Stärke, kommen auf die Bühne um einen Gewinner zu verkünden, doch was zuerst verkündet wird, ist fast noch besser. To put it simply, Were back, so prangte es auf der amerikanischen Homepage von Blink 182. Im selben Jahr noch starteten sie wieder durch und es folgten einige Live-Shows. Mit dem Album "Neighborhoods", welches 2011 erscheint, bewegen sie sich musikalisch mehr in die Richtung Alternative-Rock. Ende 2015 wird bekannt, dass Gründungsmitglied und Sänger Tom DeLonge die Band verlässt und von Mike Skiba (vormals bei Alkaline Trio) ersetzt wird. Im Sommer 2016 erschien das siebente Studioalbum von Blink 182 "California" - mit diesem im Gepäck beehren sie uns auch wieder live in Österreich!
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Since their humble beginnings twenty-five years ago, when they started playing in a San Diego garage, blink-182 have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and rocked audiences from Adelaide to Zurich having become one of the defining rock bands of their generation. They combine high-energy dynamics with an artistic ambition that transcends any genre. Now with Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) as singer/guitarist, the group have entered a new chapter. Skiba debuted with blink-182 in March 2015 with a live performance at the MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival: "It was the best they've sounded in over a decade," the OC Weekly raved about the band's set.
Early in 2016, Skiba finally entered the studio with Hoppus and Barker. Although the band had written over 30 songs in the months before the sessions, once they started working with producer John Feldmann, they soon discarded all the old material. "We hit the ground running so hard that we just kept writing and writing," Hoppus says, "and suddenly we realized that we had written more than 20 new songs, and they were all really great. While blink-182 have already racked up more than their fair share of platinum records and blockbuster singles, they're emphatically looking forward to their seventh studio album. "This is the next step for usit's not a stopgap and we're not punching a clock," Hoppus emphasizes. "We're not just a greatest-hits band, although we will play the hits. Blink is alive and well and we're excited about doing cool new stuff "It feels just like the old days, spending 14 or 16 hours in the studio until 2 o'clock in the morning, blasting the latest rough mix of a song as you drive home excited and exhausted, waking up and the band is the first thing you think of in the morning and then working all day on it. Every day in the studio has been a lot of fun. According to The New York Times, "No punk band of the 1990s has been more influential than blink-182.
The members of the band still have other projects: Hoppus
Produces, scores films and also has Hi My Name is Mark both a podcast and curated lifestyle clothing line/website. Barker is a member of the Transplants, proprietor of the Famous Stars and Straps clothing company, and the author of the bestselling autobiography Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums Drums Drums. Skiba remains the lead singer of Alkaline Trio, but when the three members of blink-182 come together, they leave aside their other interests and collaborate fully. "I've never joined a band beforeI've started every band I've ever been in," Skiba says. "It's a crazy dream-come-true feeling, but it feels organic. I spend a lot of time pinching myself. "We had a great chemistry with Matt right away," Travis Barker says. "We've been friends with Matt for the past 17 years, so it was a real natural fit for him to come on board. Their latest album California was released in July 2016 and scored the band a #1 in both the US and (for the first time ever) the UK. blink-182 are boldly facing the future and Hoppus sums up their partnership: "I love our band--I've loved every single step along the way. I'm glad that we've continued to write music that we love and that connects to people 20 years later, and that we still feel like we did when we were playing garages back in San Diego in 1994."
Cheshire Cat (1995)
Dude Ranch (1997)
Enema of the State (1999)
The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (2000)
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)
Greatest Hits (2005)