Blink-182 ‘gutted’ about postponing European tour

Band say they promised they would not tour without new songs

Blink-182 have said they are “gutted” after postponing their planned 2011 European tour by a year.

The band announced on Monday (April 18) that they were moving their whole European arena tour back to 2012 and had cancelled planned appearances at the T In The Park and Oxegen festivals.

Now, in an interview with Kerrang!, singer Mark Hoppus said the band were “heartbroken” about the postponement. He said that the California punks made promised themselves they would not tour until they had new songs to play.

“We are gutted that we are postponing the tour,” he said. “It was not a decision we made lightly, but we did it to bring you a much better show with new material.”

He added: “We made a promise to ourselves and our fans, after we finished the last tour that we weren’t going to tour anymore until the new album came out. We don’t want to be one of those bands that rests on former success and keeps playing the same songs over and over, we want to tour new songs.”

Hoppus also stated that the band have seven finished songs for their new album and that it will be out later this year.

Blink-182‘s rescheduled tour dates are:

Birmingham NIA (June 7, 2012 – Moved from July 1, 2011)
London O2 Arena (June 8, 9, 2012 – Moved from July 18, 19)
Dublin O2 Arena (June 12, 2012)*
Belfast Odyssey Arena (June 13, 2012)*
Manchester Evening News Arena (June 15, 2012 – Moved from July 8, 2011)
Birmingham LG Arena (June 16, 2012– Moved From July 15, 2011)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (June 17, 2012 – Moved From July 7, 2012)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (June 19, 2012 – Moved From July 12, 2011)
Glasgow S.E.C.C (June 20, 2012)*
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (July 10, 2012 – Moved From July 16, 2011)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (July 11, 2012 – Moved From July 13, 2011)
Liverpool Echo Arena (July 12, 2012 – Moved From July 4, 2011)

* indicates a newly-added date