Emerging to sounds of their 1999 hit "What's My Age Again," bassist
Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker â€” wearing a sling on his injured
left arm â€” and estranged guitarist Tom DeLonge walked out together,
with Hoppus joking, "Isn't it great to see the Jonas Brothers and
Stevie Wonder back together again?" after the unlikely pairing
performed a medley of the Bros' "Burning Up" and Wonder's
"Superstition." Barker added, "We used to play music together, and we
decided we're going to play music together again," as DeLonge stood
awkwardly to the side. Hoppus also yelled, "Blink-182 is back!"
The band's official Web site
also confirmed the good news, with a banner that read simply, "Summer
2009." A message from the band explained, "Hi. We're Blink-182. This
past week there've been a lot of questions about the current status of
the band, and we wanted you to hear it straight from us. To put it
simply, We're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off
and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album.
Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years
deep in our legacy. Summer 2009. Thanks and get ready."
Hopes were high for the announcement when, on Thursday, it was
revealed that the trio would be presenting an award at the Grammys. And
they got even higher when Angels & Airwaves guitarist David Kennedy
appeared to let slip in a Web chat that same day that Blink were going
to record an album this year.