Blink-182: The Billboard Cover Story
Blink-182: The Billboard Cover Story

The group announced its reunion at the 2009 Grammy Awards, and Hoppus says that all three members agreed that Blink-182 should tour and restore some chemistry before creating new music. With tickets priced $20-$70 and acts like Weezer and Fall Out Boy serving as support, the 2009 North American reunion tour focused on amphitheaters and visited only six arenas in the 41 dates reported to Billboard Boxscore. Of those dates, the band managed 22 sellouts and a gross of $21.2 million. Comparatively, Blink-182's summer 2000 tour, which followed the 1999 release of the band's most successful album, "Enema of the State" (4.5 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), featured $20-$25 ticket prices and hit 15 arenas during 30 reported dates, but sold 80% of tickets and grossed $7 million from those dates.

Although the band did big business touring its hits, the plan was always to return with a new set of songs, according to Rick DeVoe, Blink-182's manager since 1993. "It seemed like the right thing," he says, "to show fans, 'We're coming back, it's going to take a minute, but our plans are to . . . go in and make a record and tour that record a couple years later.'"

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