Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus joked that he hates Tom DeLonge in new social media posts. He wrote:
Blink-182 officially welcomed back Tom DeLonge it seems Matt Skiba has been let go. The band has reunited with the classic line-up. It has been noted that a massive world tour and new music are planned for the future.
Rumors had been floating around on social media for a while regarding this possibility, and Matt Skiba’s apparent growing detachment from the rest of the guys made fans believe he might’ve been out of the group, and Tom back in.
Mark Hoppus opens up on the reunion
After confirming the news in a very “Blink-182” fashioned announcement, bassist and singer Mark Hoppus addressed the reunion on his After School Radio Show. The musician, who reconnected with DeLonge while he was recovering from cancer treatments, said of the occasion:
“Yes, it’s happening. Blink-182, world tour, new music, new album. Tom’’ back. Man, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. That was a burden to carry that secret for so long.”
Hoppus also recalled how a fan really tested his limits, when it came to keeping the reunion a secret:
“I was at the Dodgers game the other night, and a fan came up. It was a guy and his wife, probably late twenties, early thirties. We take our picture, and he’s like, ‘I love your band. Grew up on your band. He’s like, ‘Dude, is there any way, any way at all?’ And I’m like, ‘Any way for what?’ And he’s like, ‘Is there any chance of a Blink-182 reunion tour with Tom back in the band at all?'”
“And he had such hope and desperation in his eyes, and I just wanted to put my hand on his shoulder and say, ‘My friend, just you wait. Just wait three, four more days. I should have taken his name and should have just posted it on Instagram, been like, ‘This is for you Steve. Great idea.'”