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Blink-182 'Neighborhoods': Should They Have Reformed?

Gigwise discusses the band's new album...


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Unquestionably one of the biggest pop punk bands on the planet, selling in excess of 27 million records, Blink-182 are the California based threesome consisting of Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass), Tom DeLonge (vocals/guitar), and Travis Barker (drums). Reigning supreme from 1994 - 2003, the band released five albums - ‘Cheshire Cat’, ‘Dude Ranch’, ‘Enema of the State’, ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’, and ‘Blink-182’.

After tensions arose between DeLonge and the other two members of the band, Blink-182 split in 2004. The indefinite hiatus gave way to an array of side projects, which included DeLonge’s Angels & Airwaves, Hoppus and Barker’s +44, and then Barker’s bands Transplants and TRV$DJAM.

After much deliberation, TV shows, and a plane crash in which Barker was involved, the band performed together at the 51st Grammy Awards for the first time since 2004. Announcing that they were well and truly back, they went to work on the new album. After many rescheduled release dates, as well as a cancelled tour, the band’s sixth studio LP has finally arrived. With that said, ‘Neighborhoods’ is one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

Album Review: Blink-182 - 'Neighborhoods'

So the questions stands, should Blink-182 have reformed? With bands breaking up and then getting back together becoming a regular occurrence, sometimes it works - Take That, Portishead, Limp Bizkit - and then sometimes it doesn’t - New Kids On The Block, Guns N’ Roses, Spice Girls. So what do you guys think to the reunion of Blink, and what’s your opinion of the new album? Should they have stayed broken up? Should they have stayed working on their various side projects? Or are you glad the guys settled their differences and returned to the spotlight?

Blink-182, Blur, Take That, The Libertines: The Best Band Reunion - VOTE NOW

While you’re at it why not tell us which other bands should or should not reform. Do you think the likes of Fall Out Boy, Oasis, or even Damage should get back together, or perhaps you want to rant about how acts such as Liberty X, Right Said Fred, or S Club 7 shouldn’t even have been given the chance to get out of the starting blocks. Whatever your thoughts, let us know.

Will Lavin


“Music is life,” says Hip Hop Music & Lifestyle Specialist Will Lavin. A sentiment permanently inked into his skin with a full sleeve of tattooed musical icons that includes Prince, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Inspired by music at an early age and donning the name ill Will, he has written for UK publications such as Blues & Soul, Touch, Undercover, RWD, Gigwise, MOBO, Soul Culture, Time Out, and the International Business Times, as well as the American mags VIBE, XXL, King, and Complex. Interviewing names such as Chaka Khan, Akon, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Robin Thicke and Chris Brown - to name but a few - he was also a part of the BBC's Sound of the Year polls in 2007 and 2008 and is a music pundit for SKY News, BBC World News and Channel 5 News.

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