Who would have thought that out of the suburbs of the city of San Diego in California, a group would sprout and make a name in the music industry? Debuted in the year 1993, the Blink 182-music band, which originally was named as Blink, is not unknown to everyone. Consisting of three members, they have slowly made their way to stardom from their first album release, Cheshire Cat, to tons of music still being played in the local radio stations and music television channels in the world.
Blink 182’s early days
Known today as Blink 182, the band is composed of a trio: a vocalist and band guitarist Mark Hoppus, another vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge and a drummer Travis Barker. Prior to Barker, the band’s original drummer was Scott Rayner who over the years has liked the guitar more than drums, which made him decide to leave the band, later he formed another group that he called Grimbly.
For their 10 years in the music business, the band has already won many awards and citations. Adding to that is the 28 million albums that were sold internationally since forming in California.
Midway, in 1998, when Travis Barker replaced Scott Rayney in a tour Blink 182 remained solid and continued making music performing in different tours. In the year 1999, Blink 182 went on its peak when they have received its first multiplatinum selling album called Enemy of the State. Likewise, this album also climbed on the Billboard 200 charts positioning itself in the 9th place. Their singles, “What’s my name again” and “All the Small Things” were among the hit singles that contributed to their success and in the Billboard charts but the latter song, became the group’s one of the highest-charting songs reaching the 6th place on the Billboard 100’s chart.
The band wanted to be different from all the stereotype boy-band groups during those times. Majority of the groups produce love songs, or novelty songs but the group became popular because of its different kind of message in their songs. The group’s satirical and irreverent humor placed into songs, have gained them popularity not only among the youth but impressed other type of people as well. Today, the band continues to make the same kind of songs because they have believed that there is always a time that people would look for a different kind of music, a different kind of taste, which they can find in this band’s songs.
Not Blink 182 but Indefinite hiatus, +44
In their concert, in 2005, tension among the members of the band have been rising which lead to the expression of DeLonge to spend more time with his family. This expression has further lead to many more misunderstandings between the group’s members, as issues regarding pressures, songs, chart tops, have infiltrated among them. Although many have thought that the group had already broken up, Blink 182, said they were only in an “indefinite hiatus”, which they later denied these speculations. After this period, each one went onto furthering their individual careers.
On April 2005, following the hiatus, Hoppus and Barker continued to stay together and created a new band, which they later called at +44. The band wrote many songs and most of it were reminiscent to their memories prior to their hiatus. One song even made the people curious because the message conveyed was like directed to Delonge, the song was named “No it isn’t”. When they were not on the music stage, they focused on their individual careers. Hoppus started producing music and broadcasting his podcast show, while Barkers ventured into a shoe line business and gained more popularity after having married to a former Miss USA. DeLonge on the other hand, became elusive from the public having granted no interviews or appearance till September of 2005 when he announced the creation of his new band group named Angels & Airwaves.
Blink 182 is regrouping
In a remarkable moment last February 8, 2009. The Blink 182 trio: Hoppus, Barker and DeLonge shared the same stage again during the 51st Grammy Awards; this was their first time sharing the stage since December 2004. After which, Barker had announced to the public that the group would be regrouping again and fans would expect that they will be producing more songs with the same satire.
On their official website it said, “To put it simply, we’re back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed”. This was the hint everybody has been waiting for, the band has finally regrouped. Following this announcement from the band, a European festival tour was done from August to September 2010.
Now the group is busy composing new songs, performing in different events, guesting on different television shows. They have proven that they really picked up where they left off. It is surprising to know, that their fans have never left them even during those times when the group was at its down moments, or even during the hiatus, the fans have continued listening to their music. Instead of a decline in the number of fans, weirdly enough, the number has increased because of the positive effect that their fans have seen after their regrouping, proving that there are no conflicts, misunderstandings and differences that can’t be solved, and the individual’s effort and desire to solve them.
Today, the small group that originated from the suburbs of California have their hand full again, not as individual music artists, but as the stronger and mightier Blink 182 group.
Because of the anticipation of their fans to see them perform again, many worldwide tours have been scheduled, a fact which also proves the wide-reach of their music. Fans can also expect some new songs after the album “Neighborhoods” which was the band’s last release in September 2011.