Australian fans are already rejoicing that punk pop icons Blink 182 are heading to our shores for the first time in over a decade as part of the gargantuan Soundwave 2013 lineup, and fresh from announcing their sideshows in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, Blink 182 now have some other exciting news.
Bassist Mark Hoppus has confirmed that the band are working on the follow-up to their 2011 reunion album Neighbourhoods.
Speaking to NME, Hoppus says: “Early next week I go back to Los Angeles to record an iTunes session for Blink-182, and we’re starting to write the new record right now.”
Being at the writing stage, plotting out their subsequent plans, Hoppus added that the work on the new material – and more touring – would come after their Australian visit next February, “[the] proper tour and the new album probably won’t happen for about a year.”
The Blink bassist also said that he and the band were spurned into new writing sessions following what he felt was a climate lacking in “great new music.”
Drummer Travis Barker also recently said of the band’s new record, “I feel like the best is yet to come, the next album is going to be exciting.”
Barker, Hoppus, and fellow guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge will be jetting their way to Australia in February next year, marking the first dates from the trio since their last visit in 2004. Fans have been clamouring for a return from the band ever since, but drummer Travis Barker’s fear of flying, instilled by the tragic plane crash that claimed DJ AM’s life, had nearly put end to any hopes of the group taking the long trip down under.
Thankfully, he’s found some sort of coping mechanism and Blink 182 will be playing a number of sideshows to compliment their appearance on the Soundwave 2013 bill.
Blink 182 Sidewaves 2013
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER, 9AM
WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY
SYDNEY, ALLPHONES ARENA – Licensed All Ages
FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY
BRISBANE, THE MARQUEE RNA SHOWGROUNDS – Licensed All Ages
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TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY
MELBOURNE, SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL – Licensed All Ages
SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2013 // FULL LINEUP
A PERFECT CIRCLE / THE OFFSPRING / PARAMORE / SLAYER / GARBAGE / CYPRESS HILL / BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE / TOMAHAWK / STONE SOUR / BRING ME THE HORIZON / KYUSS LIVES / ANTHRAX / SUM 41 / DRAGONFORCE / ALL TIME LOW / FLOGGING MOLLY / GHOST / DUFF McKAGAN’S LOADED / KILLSWITCH ENGAGE/ THE VANDALS/ BILLY TALENT / MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK / MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE / THE AMITY AFFLICTION / SICK OF IT ALL / KINGDOM OF SORROW / FOZZY / THE LAWRENCE ARMS / SLEEPING WITH SIRENS / CANCER BATS / THE BLACKOUT / GALLOWS / MADBALL / FUCKED UP / VISION OF DISORDER / PIERCE THE VEIL / PERIPHERY / SHAI HALUD / OF MICE & MEN / ORANGE GOBLIN/ THE SWORD/ CHELSEA GRIN/ THE CHARIOT/ SHARKS / DR ACULA/ O’BROTHER/ NORTHLANE/ MILESTONESTHIS IS HELL / MISS MAY I / DANKO JONES / LUCERO / WOE, IS ME / THE WONDER YEARS / POLAR BEAR CLUB / WHILE SHE SLEEPS / CEREBRAL BALLZY / THE EARLY NOVEMBER / SUCH GOLD / SIX FEET UNDER / THE DEAR HUNTER / DEAF HAVANA / RED FANG / VERSUS THE WORLD / BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR / CONFESSION / CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! / SYLOSIS / MEMPHIS MAY FIRE / CROSSFAITH
SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES
SATURDAY 23- BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY 24 - SYDNEY, OLYMPIC PARK - SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY 1 - MELBOURNE, FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE – SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY 2 - ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK - SOLD OUT!
MONDAY 4 - PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS - SOLD OUT!
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