While it seems like the vogue trend for bands to reunite and cash in on a summer tour, Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge says that there's no end in sight for the band.
"I hate when bands get back together and do one tour and it feels like they're going to make a bunch of money, and then they go away for awhile and then come back again," DeLonge told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "We did this [reunion] to continue being creative and having fun. I see us continuing to tour and put out albums as long as it's fun. There's no end game and no plan at all. We enjoy playing music together, that's all."
The group launches their highly anticipated summer tour July 24th in Las Vegas. It took Barker's near-death experience to reunite the estranged members of blink after they acrimoniously disbanded in early 2005.
“I like to think this is something positive [coming] out of something very tragic,” DeLonge said. “The fact that the three of us can get together, for whatever the reason, means a lot to a lot of people, especially ourselves.”
Barker is uncomfortable discussing the crash that nearly took his life. But he left no doubt that being back together with blink is exactly where he wants to be.
“Oh, it's so fun,” said the drummer, who is married to former Playboy model Shanna Moakler and has two children. “This is a breath of fresh air.”
“I think a year ago it probably wouldn't have been something on our minds,” DeLonge said of the reunion. “But it's definitely [interesting] how rapidly things can change from day to day.”
The members of blink are now engaged in the most intense rehearsals of the band's career, in part because, as DeLonge put it, “I have a lot of anxiety right now about the tour and how big it is.”
The tour will visit 48 cities in the United States and Canada between next month and Oct. 3, when it's scheduled to conclude in Atlantic City. Recording began this year on a new album, which blink expects to complete after the tour and release next year.