Mark Hoppus Admits Blink-182 Were Better with Tom
"There was a real unity of spirit in the band"
Published Sep 24, 2019The ongoing saga of pop-punk megastars Blink-182 continues. Last week, the band delivered NINE — their second album without founding member Tom DeLonge, whose alien-hunting abilities were validated by the U.S. Navy. While everyone involved seems to be happy with going their separate ways, Mark Hoppus has admitted Blink were better with Tom.
Speaking with Vogue, Hoppus discussed the band's Enema of the State era, which was recently celebrated with a 20th anniversary tour.
"There was a real unity of spirit in the band; [it's] when the band found itself," he said. "When Tom was in the band, that's when blink did its best work… Now post-Tom, with Matt in the band, we're approaching songs differently."
Further emphasizing just how amicable things are, however, Hoppus added that he spoke to Tom before they kicked off their Enema tour.
"I talked with Tom for the first time in two years right before we started this tour… The conversation was more about us just telling each other, 'No hard feelings. You do your thing, we'll do our thing.' It's all good," he said.
Watch Blink-182's recent video for "Darkside" below.