After years of Blink-182 playing without its co-founder, the distinctive southern Californian singer is back.
Blink-182 played with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba for seven years following Tom DeLonge’s departure in 2015. And although Blink-182 wrote two albums with Skiba that landed number one spots on the Billboard charts, fans always fantasized about Tom Delonge’s return.
In October 2022, their dreams finally came true. Blink-182 is releasing an album in 2023 with the original guitarist. From Tom DeLonge’s obsession with space and aliens to dirty jokes involving your elders to catchy guitar riffs, here are a few things to expect from Blink-182 and Tom DeLonge’s return.
8/8 Tom DeLonge Loves Writing Songs About UFOs
Chances are, if you’re at all a Blink-182 fan, you’re aware of Tom DeLonge’s infatuation with aliens and space. During his departure from Blink-182, the punk rocker collaborated with Pentagon officials and other United States government departments to reveal that extraterrestrials are indeed out there. Blink-182’s upcoming album is set to come out in 2023, and fans expect to hear at least one song alluding to UFOs.
It wouldn’t be the first time Blink-182 released a song about aliens. “Aliens Exist” from Blink-182’s best-selling 1999 album, Enema of the State, is a fan favorite, which Tom DeLonge often played during his hiatus from Blink-182 when he toured with his other band, Angels & Airwaves.
7/8 Expect Mark Hoppus And Tom DeLonge To Make An Absurd Amount Of Dirty Jokes
Tom DeLonge and Blink-182’s bassist and singer Mark Hoppus certainly have a way with words. Throughout Blink-182 history, the two frontmen have made numerous dirty jokes, some even becoming full-blown songs. From “Family Reunion” to “Happy Holidays, You Bastard,” Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus have come up with unforgettable lyrics that exemplify their humor. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to find a dirty joke in a song on their upcoming album.
6/8 Tom’s Unique Voice Will Always Be Recognized
The second you hear the nasally voice and a strong California accent, you know Tom DeLonge is singing. It’s incredible how much the singer’s voice has changed throughout the years, but somehow we all recognize the distinct voice of Tom DeLonge. Whether you’re listening to Blink-182’s debut album, Cheshire Cat, or their latest single, “EDGING,” you know it’s Tom’s voice even though the tone is so different. Many fans have theories about why his voice has changed, but it really doesn’t matter. Tom DeLonge’s singing is unique and was part of the reason Blink-182 sold millions of records worldwide since the mid-1990s. It’ll be interesting to hear how different he may sound on their new songs.
5/8 Tom Will Show Off With His Catchy Guitar Licks
Blink-182 is known for making songs that get stuck in your head. From “All The Small Things” to “I Miss You,” the band has a way of writing unforgettable songs. This is partly because Tom DeLonge knows how to write catchy guitar licks and riffs. The Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves guitarist is known for using hammer-on and pull-off techniques, which people have loved for decades. Fans can expect to hear Tom DeLonge’s playing style again on their 2023 album.
4/8 Mark And Tom Love Making Fun Of Each Other
Just like their love for dirty jokes, the two punk rock musicians often enjoy teasing each other, especially when performing on stage. The two always find a way to poke fun at each other at every live performance and interview. The Mark, Tom, And Travis Show, Blink-182’s live album from 1999, is a perfect example of how much the two love to make fun of each other. The live album includes 26 minutes of banter between the two frontmen. Whether fans find their humor hilarious or not, they can definitely expect some moments of ridicule between the bandmates.
3/8 Blink-182 Will Take A Progressive Shift In Sound
Tom DeLonge tweeted in October 2022 that Blink-182’s new album was the “most progressive and elevated music” the band has ever written. After years of playing in Angels & Airwaves, a space rock band, it’s not entirely unexpected that Blink-182’s upcoming album may be a bit more experimental. Their single “EDGING” sounded like old Blink-182, but the rest of the album could break their stylistic boundaries.
2/8 Will Tom Write Anthem Part 3?
Tom DeLonge wrote “Anthem” on Blink-182’s album, Enema Of The State, which instantly became a fan favorite. Naturally, the singer wrote a sequel to the song titled “Anthem Part 2” that was on their next album Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. Both songs explore teenage rebellion and place blame on parents for why adolescents choose to rebel. “Anthem” and “Anthem Part Two” are loved by Blink-182 fans. And now that Tom DeLonge is back, it would definitely excite the band’s following for them to see another anthem sequel on their upcoming album.
1/8 There’s No Such Thing As Too Many Power Chords
In Blink-182’s earlier years, Tom DeLonge played a lot of power chords in the band’s songs. While many fans love the songs despite their simplicity, others have criticized the guitarist because the songs aren’t very complex. But whether the songs are easy to play or not, it doesn’t change the fact that millions of people have bought Blink-182 albums over the past three decades. Tom DeLonge loves playing power chords and fans would be excited to hear a glimpse of old Blink-182 in the upcoming album with an abundance of simple yet catchy guitar techniques.