Tom DeLonge Surprised to Play & Tour Again with 'One More Time…' Album

Blink-182's journey unravels in revealing new trailer.

by Nouman Rasool
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Tom DeLonge Surprised to Play & Tour Again with 'One More Time…' Album
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The iconic pop-punk band Blink-182, consisting of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Tom DeLonge, has officially announced their highly-anticipated album release. “One More Time..”. set to drop on October 20 via Columbia Records, will be their first collective project since the 2011 album "Neighborhoods." This exciting news was accompanied by a captivating four-minute trailer that premiered Monday, which not only teased three new tracks but also showcased behind-the-scenes footage from the band's heart-to-heart with Apple Music's renowned interviewer, Zane Lowe.

Trailer Reveals Emotional Rift

The trailer offers fans an intimate glimpse into the trio's personal challenges and the emotional journey that both tore them apart and eventually brought them back together. Zane Lowe directly addresses Tom DeLonge's surprising 2015 departure from Blink-182, sparking DeLonge's candid reflection on his unforeseen path.

"I found myself in these weird oceans that I definitely didn't know how to navigate," admits DeLonge, later expressing gratitude for not stalling his bandmates' progress. However, the journey back wasn't all rosy. Mark Hoppus opens up about the toll his stage 4 lymphoma diagnosis in 2021 took on his singing abilities, revealing, "Chemotherapy wrecked my vocal cords.

I had to work with a vocal coach to return to performing, especially for our Coachella appearance." Amid the shared struggles, Travis Barker, the band's drummer who survived a devastating plane crash in 2008, reflects on the deeper meaning of their title track "One More Time" and the tragic events that acted as catalysts for their reunion.

"Why does it take tragedies for our band to reconnect?” he muses. Despite the hurdles, the bond between them remains unshaken. As Barker eloquently puts it, "The essence of Blink is the three of us. Once we recognize and uphold that, it's our unwavering future." Fans can expect the full Lowe interview, as well as the "One More Time" music video, on Thursday, September 21.

The press has touted the new album as capturing Blink-182 "at their prime," blending themes of adversity, victory, and the undying spirit of brotherhood. Blink-182 made a triumphant return at Coachella earlier this year and embarked on their World Tour on May 4.

While certain tour dates had to be postponed due to a medical emergency faced by Barker's wife, Kourtney Kardashian, the band is scheduled to tour until April 6, 2024. The forthcoming album boasts tracks such as "Anthem Part 3," "Dance with Me," and "Terrified," among others, promising to be an emblematic collection that's reflective of the band's legacy and evolution.

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