Tom DeLonge departed pop-punk icons Blink-182 in 2015 in order to spend more time with his family, focus on his other band Angels & Airwaves, and “to change the world” for his kids.
But clues on the guitarist’s Instagram page strongly suggest that he’s made a return to the band.
The first is a new post published on July 31, which shows a ‘90s-era Blink-182 photo – with DeLonge alongside his then-bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. With this, and the fact his Instagram bio now reads: “I make music [in] Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves”, we’d say the evidence is strong that a reunion of some kind might be on the cards.
DeLonge’s bio is notable as he doesn’t list his previous projects including Box Car Racer – his side project with Travis Barker – suggesting the band names featured are only those he’s currently active with.
To further build the case of an imminent Blink-182 reunion, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba – who has served with Blink since 2015, appearing on 2016’s California and 2019’s Nine – wrote on Instagram last month that he wasn’t sure whether he was still part of the band.
In response to a fan who commented on one of his posts: “You guys think he is still in Blink? No Blink content here and the Blink guys don’t post pictures [with] Matt,” Skiba replied, “Your guess is as good as mine. Regardless, I am very proud of and thankful for my time with Blink-182. We shall see…”
DeLonge’s return is also hinted at by the band’s upcoming Funko Pop! collaboration celebrating their 30th anniversary – which features the guitarist as one of three collectible figures.
And in 2019, DeLonge told Kerrang! that reuniting with his former bandmates would never be off the table.
“Trust me – I love Blink and it’s given me everything in my life,” he said. “And, you know, I plan on doing it in the future.”