Blink-182 members, Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker didn’t quite yet mean to do a reunion, but destiny had something else written for them. When Hoppus had found out about his cancer, he texted Barker the news, as well as Matt Skiba. It was by coincidence that after a few weeks of not communicating properly, DeLonge hit up Hoppus randomly.
“The way the universe works is strange because I reached out to Mark because I needed him to sign this piece of paper that had to do with my divorce,” DeLonge said in a recent interview.
“Only because of that call did I learn he had cancer. And he told me on the phone. I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ ” Hoppus added: “Tom sent me a picture of him in front of these women in his video shoot and they were all in lingerie. He texted me like, ‘Hope you’re doing good. I’m over here making art!’ And that’s when I told him.”
Tom DeLonge reunited with Blink-182 members
DeLonge would soon visit Hoppus’ house, and because the universe works in strange ways, Barker happened to be there as well. “I didn’t know Travis was going to show up,” DeLonge said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, shit, band meeting!’ ”
The three of them sat in Hoppus’ backyard for hours, opening their hearts up to one another, talking about everything. DeLonge went deep discussing his father’s death and the metaphysics of the universe and learning to heal. They went onto discuss the old wounds within the band and the scars they’ve got along the way.
Back in 2008, Barker was in a plane crash that killed four people but spared him and his friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein. They survived but at a cost: Barker was instilled with a severe fear of flying and Goldstein died of an accidental drug overdose just a year after the accident. (Shortly after their meeting in Hoppus’ backyard, in August, Barker flew for the first time in over 10 years when he went to Cabo San Lucas with his fiancé, Kourtney.)
Hoppus indicated in the interview that we could see a Blink-182 lineup with both Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus in the future.