Entertainment behind the scenes
Plane crashes are usually bad for rock ‘n’ roll careers, as Buddy Holly or Ronnie Van Zant would testify if they could. But a fatal crash last September proved to a blessing for the estranged members of California pop-punk trio Blink-182 who broke up four years ago after a smash chart-topping run.
Drummer Travis Barker was critically injured when his charter plane crashed on takeoff in South Carolina, as was celebrity disc jockey Adam (“DJ AM”) Goldstein. The two pilots and two other passengers perished in the fiery crash, whose cause is still under investigation.
The tragedy was “absolutely” the catalyst for the band members to patch up their differences, said singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, whose 2005 departure triggered the announcement of an “indefinite hiatus.”
“I never saw us all coming back together because I started a new life and those guys did as well,” he told Reuters at a tour party in Hollywood on Monday night as a Mariachi band played Blink-182 tunes like “Josie” and “Dammit.”
“But when that happened, I personally wanted to be there when Travis played drums again. I wanted to do it with him. And here we are now.”
DeLonge, Barker and singer/bassist Mark Hoppus will kick off their amphitheater tour on July 24 in Las Vegas. It is scheduled to run through Oct. 3 in Atlantic City. Weezer and Fall Out Boy are also on the lineup.
DeLonge said Blink-182 has started recording tracks for the band’s first album since a self-titled release in 2003, but the sessions are now taking a back seat to tour preparations. He hoped some new material would come out once the band hits the road.
The threesome ceased all communication during their hiatus, not even sending Christmas cards or emails. “We lost control of the machine (to external business pressures), so we kinda lost control of the communication between the three of us,” DeLonge said.
“When we got together and wanted to complain about whose fault it was was, it was really obvious it was nobody’s fault. Everybody was saying the truth from their perspective. I guess that’s the agony of the whole thing, but also the irony.”
The main difference now is that the members are clearly in charge. “No one can make any decisions unless the three of us get in a room and say, Cool,” he said.
The threesome may all be family men in their 30s, but they say their teen-oriented musical tales of hijinks still seem relevant.
“I thought it would be funny playing these songs about being a teenager but it really fit fine. As I sing the songs I remember how I felt when I wrote them, and I’m hoping that people remember how they felt when they heard ‘em the first time, hearing them again. So I think it’s going to be good,” DeLonge said.