10 years ago today, Blink-182 came back into our lives in a big way after a four year long hiatus. A LOT of happened in the 10 years that have followed. Let's look back over them together.
08 FEBRAURY 2009 - BLINK-182 ANNOUNCES THEIR REUNION AT THE GRAMMYS
If you're going to announce that you're right back at it again, make sure you do it on one of the biggest stages of them all. There to present the Best Rock Album award the band stand on stage together for the first time in years and Travis Barker simply says 'we used to play music together, and we've decided we are going to play music together again'. And the rest, as they say, is history.
15 MARCH 2011 - TRAVIS BARKER RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM
Before any new music from Blink appears, Travis found time to focus on and release his long awaited solo album in the spring of 2011. Titled 'Give The Drummer Some', the album featured appearances from heavyweights such as Snoop Dogg, The Game, Tom Morello, Pharrell and Yelawolf among SO many others and blended together Barker's signature playing style with sharp hip-hop samples perfectly.
14 JULY 2011 - bLINK-182 RELEASES 'UP ALL NIGHT'
Just over two years since that night at the Grammys, the first new Blink music in six years dropped. Almost picking up where the self-titled era left off, 'Up All Night' simmered and grooved with an almost downtrodden atmosphere and a beautifully heaunting chorus to boot.
27 SEPTEMBER 2011 - BLINK-182 RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'NEIGHBOURHOODS'
After several delays and bumps in the road, Blink's sixth album dropped at the end of September 2011. Their first totally self-produced record album, 'Neighbourhoods' was recorded and mixed in bits and pieces over the three years since the reunion. 'Neightbourhoods' was a frantic and feelings-charged joyride. Dark and decadent in places, honest and hopeful in others, it's an album of immense scope.
18 DECEMBER 2012 - BLINK-182 RELEASE THE 'DOGS EATING DOGS' EP
For the first time since their demo days, Blink were independent in 2012. No longer part of Interscope Records, the band self released the 'Dogs Eating Dogs' EP and gave the fans an early Christmas present. Beautifully considered and tinged with engrossing sadness, this was a short, sharp taste of what we could expect from Blink going forward. It would be the last materiall to feature co-vocalist and guitarist Tom Delonge.
26 JANUARY 2015 - TOM DELONGE LEAVES THE BAND
Citing a desire for exploring "non musical activities", Blink issued a statement in January 2015 comfirming Tom Delonge's departute from the band. Their show at the Musink Festival in the summer was set to go ahead with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba pencilled in to take care of guitars.
01 JULY 2016 - BLINK-182 RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'CALIFORNIA'
With Matt Skiba on permenant guitar duties and John Feldmann on production duty, Blink's seventh album was truly the beginning of their new era. A slick, mature and anthem-filled opus, the band embraced the chorus like never before and came out the other end stronger than ever.
19 MAY 2017 - BLINK-182 RELEASE 'CALIFORNIA' DELUXE
What do you do when you finish an album and still have 12 songs left to play with? Well, you release them as part of a deluxe edition of your last album. Blink expanded on what they had set out to achieve with 'California' with tracks that pushed the limits of what the band could sound like and achieve. More experimental and more boundary pushing, this left the future open and exciting.
19 MARCH 2018 - BLINK-182 ANNOUNCE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
Historically, Las Vegas was reserved for big band legends and cabaret, but in early 2018 Blink bucked that trend by announcing their own legacy in sin city. The Kings Of The Weekend would take place over a number of weekends in May, June, October and November and brought pop-punk to the city of sin in a big way.
09 NOVEMBER 2018 - BLINK-182 APPEAR ON A TRACK WITH STEVE AOKI
Showing just how far their wings could spread, the band collaborated with long time friend Steve Aoki on a track ready-made for the discotheque. After previously remixing 'Bored To Death', having free reign to create the perfect song for the Blink boys on his terms resulted in an interesting and aethetically challenging piece of music.
14 JANUARY 2019 - MARK HOPPUS REVEALS SIMPLE CREATURES
2019 marks a new year and a new project for Mark Hoppus, all while Blink work on new material. Joining forces with John Feldmann once more but also bringing All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth into the fold, Simple Creatures really showcases both all three participant's knack for writing a chorus. It also whets the appetite for whatever Blink have got in the pipeline for the rest of 2019.
Which brings us back to the current day. We've officially had Blink-182 back for 10 years.