Mark Hoppus has been talking to MTV.com about a possible Blink 182 reunion, but won't commit himself to it unless he and his colleagues are sure they can deliver something special. As previously reported, the trio split back in 2005 after Tom Delonge walked out on Hoppus, and third bandmate Travis Barker. Hoppus and Delonge have recently made friends again, but they're not in any rush to restart things.
Hoppus is quoted as saying: “The future is wide open. Blink-182 wasn't manufactured by a label, and we weren't making music to make money or for fame. We were three friends in a band, writing music that we loved. That's where it began and ended. Before there's reunion talk, we need to get back to that point again. Actually, we would need to get beyond that point, to a place where you can say to someone, 'Hey, man, I'm not really feeling this', and be able to argue constructively about the music. Because that's where the best of Blink-182 came into being”.
He continued: “In short, we would need to get back to where we're all close enough friends and artists to be able to tell each other, respectfully, 'Suck it'. My final thought is this: If – and this is a big if – Blink-182 were ever to re-form, it would have to be the most amazing, ridiculous, mind-blowing show and tour ever. I feel like, as bitter as our break-up was, we stepped back at the top of our game, and we'd have to come back even stronger and better than before”.