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Blink-182 (formed 1992)
Blink-182 is a Californian pop punk band that rose to fame with hits such as 'All The Small Things.'

Formation: Blink-182's first demo tape was recorded in 1993, under the name Blink. Named 'Flyswatter', the tape was mainly distributed amongst family and friends, because of the poor sound quality of the recording. Later that year, they recorded 'Demo #2'. The latter recording featured a number of songs that would go on to form their debut album.

Buddha was released by Filter Records in 1993 and later re-issued in 1998.

The Breakthrough: The band signed to Cargo Music in 1994. Their debut album for Cargo, entitled Cheshire Cat, was reportedly recorded in just three days. Two singles were released from the album ('Wasting Time' and 'M&Ms') but neither track reached the charts.

The band changed their name to Blink-182 to avoid confusion with an Irish band by the name of Blink. In 1994, the band released a split EP with Iconoclasts entitled 'Short Bus'. They then released their own three-track EP the following year, with the name 'They Came To Conquer. Uranus'.

The album Dude Ranch was released in 1997. Originally intended for release under Cargo Records, the band later signed a deal with MCA in order to increase their distribution levels.

Drummer Scott Raynor left the band in 1998, half-way through their US tour. Hoppus and DeLonge invited Travis barker to join the band (they knew Barker as he drummed for their support band, The Aquabats).

1999 saw the release of Blink-182's Enema of the State, which saw the band soar to mainstream success, with the release of singles such as 'All the Small Things', 'Adam's Song' and 'What's My Age Again?'

Blink-182 released a 'behind the scenes' DVD in 2000, entitled The Urethra Chronicles. That year, they also released The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back), a live album featuring versions of their biggest hits to date.

The band continued their success in 2001 with the release of Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. The band released the album in three different versions. Each version contained a different coloured CD and two different bonus tracks. Their promotional tour for the album suffered a number of setbacks, including being delayed because of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the rescheduled dates being delayed because of DeLonge's back troubles.

In 2002, Blink-182 toured with Green Day, as documented on the Riding In Vans With Boys DVD. Following the tour, DeLonge and Barker spent some time working on their side project, Box Car Racer.

The next year, the band released their next album, which was untitled. The album spawned the singles 'I Miss You', 'Down' and 'Feeling This'.

The Break-up: Although it was not known at the time, Blink-182's gig at The Point Depot in Dublin, would turn out to be their last. In February 2005, the band's manager telephoned Hoppus and Barker to inform them that Tom DeLonge had left the band. Although it was initially marketed as a hiatus, the band has yet to reform and it is now widely considered to be a permanent break. In 2005, Geffen released a Greatest Hits collection.

Life After Blink: In November 2005, Tom DeLonge announced the arrival of his new band, Angels and Airwaves. The band has released two albums, We Don't Need To Whisper and I-Empire.

Hoppus and Barker's new band, +44 also emerged in 2005 and released the album When Your Heart Stops Beating.

Travis Barker was involved in a plane crash in South Carolina in September 2008. His personal assistant was killed in the crash, along with three others. Barker was released from hospital in mid-October and it has been reported that he is due to make a full recovery.

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Travis Barker: The Man Who's Bringing Pop-punk Into The 2020s

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There was a time we thought that pop-punk was a relic of the 2000s never to be heard again - at least, not in anything that wasn't a "guilty pleasure" capacity. But it seems that, somehow, it's back in vogue and if there's one person we need to thank for it it's Travis Barker.

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The Blink-182 drummer has teamed up with numerous hip hop and mainstream pop acts over the last decade, but rather than his sound taking a more commercial turn, in the last couple of years it's been his collaborators that have adopted the music style that Blink-182 helped shape.

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World UFO Day: The Alien Soundtrack To Your Life

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The truth is out there... and what better way to get your nerd on than by getting in the alien mood with our World UFO Day playlist? Artists have been singing about space and other worlds for decades, and these are just seven of our favourite interstellar tunes.

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E.T. - Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

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Tom DeLonge Will NOT Be Rejoining Blink 182

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The recent internet rumours concerning Blink 182’s upcoming tour – namely, that lead singer Tom DeLonge might be about to come back in to the fold – are bogus, apparently.

The rumour mill began yesterday (Thursday October 18th) when drummer Travis Barker shared a picture of DeLonge’s face with the caption “Where are youuuuu” – referencing a lyric from their 2004 hit ‘I Miss You’.

DeLonge then responded “I am the voice inside your yeeeeaaaad”, another lyric from the track.

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Blink-182 Cancel Autumn Tour Due To Travis Barker's Ongoing Medical Issues

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Blink-182 have been forced to cancel their upcoming autumn tour, as drummer Travis Barker has been unable to overcome his recent medical issues.

The group made the announcement to their fans via Twitter on Thursday night (September 6th), saying that Barker’s recent medical issues, detected back in June when Blink-182 had to pull out of several of their Las Vegas residency dates because of blood clots in both of their drummer’s arms.

As a result, the legendary prank-punk outfit have been forced to ditch their upcoming mini-tour of North America, including their headline appearance at Riot Fest in Chicago next weekend (September 14th-16th).

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Linkin Park Back In Charts After Chester Death

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A host of Linkin Park albums are back in the charts following Chester Bennington's death.

The band's frontman took his own life last Thursday (20.07.17) aged 41 and fans have paid tribute to the singer in many ways, including purchasing a number of the rockers' records which has seen them surge up the Billboard Chart.

Linkin Park's latest album, 'One More Light', appeared at number 17 after selling 23,000 copies, 18,000 of which were physical, and the band's debut album 'Hybrid Theory' re-entered the chart at 27 following 15,000 sales.

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Mark Hoppus performing with his band Blink-182 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, Florida, United States - Saturday 6th August 2016

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Matt Skiba, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus
Matt Skiba, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus
Matt Skiba, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus

Four Artists Most Likely To Release A Surprise Album This Year

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Surprise albums are all the rage, and it’s easy to understand why. They make sense for both fans and artists, and there’s hardly any downside to just throwing your highly anticipated album up for download on a random Saturday night with nothing else going on around the Internet. It practically sells itself at that point.

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Take a look at Kendrick Lamar: his new record, To Pimp A Butterfly, wasn’t even technically a surprise, as it was just allegedly “accidentally” released early on iTunes before its release. It still yielded the same results as a complete surprise album would, and it smashed a ton of streaming records like the 9.6 million number that was achieved via Spotify listens. The record-holder before that was, of course, none other than Drake’s surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. You can see the trend here.

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Tom DeLonge Speaks About Blink-182 Situation

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More developments in the crisis currently surrounding Blink 182. After bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker made the announcement on Monday evening that lead singer Tom DeLonge had been ousted from the band, the erstwhile frontman gave his reaction, saying that he had “tried everything” but “hadn’t talked in months” with his bandmates.

In an open letter to Blink fans on his official Facebook page, in which elaborated on his initial statement that he “never quit the band”, DeLonge began: “The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.”

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Blink 182: DeLonge (R) has been ousted from the band

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Tom DeLonge's Blink-182 Departure Gets Ugly As Hoppus And Barker Label Him "Disrespectful And Ungrateful"

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It’s been a tough few days for Blink 182 fans, as Tom DeLonge’s status within the band has been at times confusing. But it appears the guitarist has indeed left the group and will be replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba at this year's Musicink festival in March.

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It all began on Monday (January 27th) when bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker released a statement saying DeLonge had quit and would be replaced by Skiba.

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Tom DeLonge Claims He "Never Quit" Blink-182, Despite Reports

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Despite earlier reports suggesting Tom DeLonge was no longer a member of Blink-182, the band's guitarist and co-lead vocalist has come forward to reassure their fans that he hasn't quit the punk-rock trio.

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DeLonge tells fans "I never quit the band"

However, the mistake can't just be put down to the media publishing false reports as news of DeLonge's apparent exit from Blink-182 was first broke by his two bandmates, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into the colossus fields of Bramham Park, this year's Leeds Festival was a true menace of a machine. From strolling the sights and stalls of the relatively tame arena, to hiking through the foothills of Red camp and afar, the beast of Leeds Festival was out in full glamour this year. Not only for the sheer size and scale of the glorified playground, nor for the big bad names it captured upon its stages, but purely the immense and sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of Leeds Festival is what attracts the crowds in their droves - (Each and EVERY year).

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

This year's line-up, though transparent in parts, boasted an array of big names and must sees. From Gerrard Way's premier solo show, right the way through to Macklemore's fur coat - teenage girl-screaming onstage antics. All considered, It is fair to say Leeds festival caters to the masses, though in doing so, often leaving the fringes of those masses at somewhat of a loose-end. Fear no-more, as this year with 10 arena stages and a dozen campsite venues, attendants waved farewell to mud-mooching moments of waiting around and embarked on the northern event of the year. With Oxfam blazers, slush puppy pleasantries and a number of near 24-hour rave spots all been thrown around, It was hard to find even a moment for the annual carbon monoxide poisoning - plastic bag burning ritual  around the camp fire. 

Without further ado, we present to you this year's top live sets and why they really made this year what it was.

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Blink 182 and Travis Barker Saturday 26th April 2008 Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker shopping with his kids Malibu, California

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14th November, 1975

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