Blink 182 Facts: Break Ups, Reunion, Tour, and More

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Blink-182 performing March 2, 2015 at the Orange County Fair and Events Center as part of the Musink festival, curated by drummer Travis Barker. This was the band's third performance with singer/guitarist Matt Skiba "filling in" for Tom DeLonge, who had recently exited the group. Mark Hoppus at left, Skiba at Right, with Barker behind Skiba. Photo by: IllaZilla

Last updated on October 22nd, 2022 at 05:31 pm

When you think of the era of punk music, it is surely the music of Blink 182 which comes to mind. Whether you’ve started singing “All the Small Things” or “Dammit,” you have to admit the bad had many catchy songs that stuck in your head. 

But the 90s have come and gone, so where is the band now? And what happened to Blink 182? Read on to find out! 

What Does Blink 182 Mean?

The band was originally titled “Blink” by DeLonge, but then they found out that an Irish band already had the name. Instead of engaging in a legal battle, Blink decided to change their name and added a random number to the end, which was 182. 

What is the Correct Way to Say Blink 182?

According to Tom DeLonge, the name is pronounced “blink, eighteen two”

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Picture of Mark, Tom and Travis from various shows. 2008-2010. Photos by Wooblz.

Who is in Blink 182?

The Blink 182 members are as follows:

Original Members:

  • Tom DeLonge-Guitar/Vocals
  • Scott Raynor-Drummer
  • Mark Hoppus-Bass Guitar/Vocals

Current Members:

  • Mark Hoppus-Bass Guitar/Vocals
  • Tom DeLonge-Guitar/Vocals
  • Travis Barker-Drummer

Temporary Members:

  • Mike Krull-Drummer (1994)
  • Matt Skiba-Guitar/Vocals (2015-2021)

Who is the Lead Singer of Blink 182?

The Blink 182 lead singer is technically Mark Hoppus, but Tom Delonge also contributes vocals both in the studio and on stage. 

Who is the Blink 182 Drummer?

The current Blink 182 Drummer is Travis Barker, but in the past, the role was held by Scott Raynor and even Mike Krull for a period of time. 

When Did Blink 182 Start?

Blink 182 was started in 1992 in Poway, California. 

What Happened to Blink 182?

In 2005, the band went on an indefinite hiatus, only for DeLonge to announce a new project. This angered his bandmates, and it was only later that the star admitted he was addicted to painkillers during that time period. 

While DeLonge pursued Angels and Airwaves, Hoppus and Barker pursued their own project called +44, and Barker had a TV series called Meet the Barkers

Eventually, as a result of a terrifying plane crash in 2008, the group began to discuss a reunion. They ended up touring together until 2015. In 2015, old issues arose, and DeLonge left the group for the second time. As a result, the band acquired Matt Skiba to take his place. 

This new trio lasted until 2021 when Hoppus announced that he was battling cancer. In 2022,  DeLonge returned to the group a second time in time to release their new song, “Edging,” kicking Skiba to the curb. Skiba has expressed on social media that he was grateful for the opportunity and holds no animosity that he is no longer in the group. 

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Members of the rock band Blink-182 sit at the ship’s controls pier-side aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691). Morale Welfare and Recreation, Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tenn. and MWR, NSA Bahrain brought Blink-182 to Bahrain to perform for Sailors, Marines and their families in 2003. Photo by Danny Lester.

Why Did Blink 182 Break Up?

Blink 182 has broken up a couple of times over the years, almost always due to artistic differences and fights among the members. In 2005, during the original breakup, DeLonge also claimed that he wanted to spend more time with his family, which is why he left. 

Why Did Tom Leave Blink 182?

Tom left Blink 182 in 2005 because he wanted to spend time with his family. He left a second time in 2015, stating that he had artistic differences that were causing disagreements with the group. As of 2022, he is back with the group. 

What Kind of Cancer Does Mark from Blink 182 Have?

Mark Hoppus had Stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, but he is currently cancer free. There is a chance the cancer will reappear, however, so he must attend frequent screenings. 

Who Died in Blink 182?

None of the members of Blink 182 have died. Scott Raynor, the original drummer left the group in 1998, but he is still alive and continues to make music with other bands. 

Who Died in the Blink 182 Plane Crash?

In 2008, some of the members of Blink 182 were in a plane crash. The crash occurred in South Carolina when the plane, a Learjet 60, crashed shortly after takeoff. Travis Barker and disc jockey Adam (DJ AM) Goldstein were the only survivors. Both had severe burns all over their bodies and received skin grafts as a result. 

The pilot (Sarah Lemmon), co-pilot(James Bland), Charles Monroe Still, and Chris Barker all perished in the crash. 

What Genre is Blink 182?

Blink 182 writes songs that are considered to be in the alternative rock genre. Some other genres which may apply to their music are pop-punk, punk rock, and skate-punk. 

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Rock band Blink-182 perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on November 6, 2013, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their fifth studio album. The image is by Conor Barett and features the band’s logo as a background.

Blink 182 Songs

With over 9 albums released, Blink 182 has many songs. Below are their most popular ones.

  • All the Small Things
  • I Miss You
  • 6/8
  • 21 Days
  • Happy Days
  • Not Now
  • Always
  • Bored to Death
  • Up All Night
  • First Date
  • Dammit
  • Dancing With Myself
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Edging 
  • Feeling This

Is There a Blink 182 Tour?

Blink 182 is scheduled to be on tour starting in 2023 and 2024. You can find dates and locations on the band’s website

Where Can I Buy Blink 182 Merch?

There are many places where you can buy Blink 182 merch. The best places to buy merch are on the Blink 182 website to directly support the band. But you can also find merch on eBay and Amazon. 



Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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