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Blink-182 reunites for Jones Beach

A sudden, tragic plane crash brought blink-182 back together four years after tension split the band apart.

When a Learjet carrying Travis Barker, the band's drummer, crashed next to a South Carolina runway in 2008, singer-bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge -- the other members of the trio -- rushed to his side. Their time spent in the hospital let the band smooth out any creative differences, and blink-182 announced its comeback at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

DeLonge discusses the band's breakup, juggling various projects and growing up while preparing to begin the Honda Civic Tour, which comes to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this weekend.


What led to the band's initial falling out?

I think it was just at a time when we all needed a break. I know for specifically myself, I needed to remove myself to go home and be with my family a bit and rethink where I was, what I wanted to do, who I was.


What's different now?

Now, nobody really tells anybody what to do. I think that's a good and a bad thing. We all work around each other's schedules, we all try to keep it really nonconfrontational and just have fun with it, which is how it should be. And I think that's why it's succeeding.


How do you stay focused on side projects and blink-182 at the same time?

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It's a little bit of a juggle. One, with blink we have this ultimate compromise between three totally different individuals, and when we come together, we all have to give things that we want, but it's for the better of the band. ... In [the group] Angels and Airwaves, I'm able to really do everything I want as an artist and communicate everything I want as an artist, so it's a whole different kind of head space.


Have you guys changed personally? Have you grown up?

Yeah, I think the band's tremendously different now than we've ever been. We've all been through a lot, we all have different responsibilities now. We've all had great times in our life, hard times in our life, and we all have businesses. So we're not just three guys in a van, by any means, anymore.


WHAT The Honda Civic Tour with blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Manchester Orchestra and Alkaline Trio

WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

INFO $35-$69; 800-745-3000, livenation.com

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