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Blink-182: 'We're back'

February 9, 2009 | 10:20 am

Apparently making sure that no fans blinked and missed the announcement on last night's Grammy Awards telecast, the members of Blink-182 made it official this morning: They're reuniting and planning a new tour and album, with no specific timetable announced.

Here's the official statement:

"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."

The San Diego punk trio last put out a new studio album, "Blink-182," in 2003. Just before announcing the rock album trophy for Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," singer Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, his arm still in a sling after a September plane crash, told Grammy watchers Sunday they were going to get together again. There was remarkably little immediate reaction from the crowd at Staples Center.

-- Randy Lewis

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