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April 19, 2011  | by: Lauren Barber

Blink 182

While Blink 182 fans are excited about the release of their first album in eight years, recording it is taking a bit longer than the trio anticipated. As a result, the band decided to postpone their European tour, originally scheduled for this summer, until 2012 so they could have the time to finish the album.

In a statement on their website, bandmates Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker said, “It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce our planned 2011 European summer tour has been rescheduled. When we booked the tour last year, we were confident that we would have the new album out before the summer. Turns out we were mistaken as the album is taking longer than we thought and won’t be out till later this year.”

The tour is now scheduled to begin June 7, 2012 in Birmingham and end July 12 in Liverpool. Some dates have been changed – festival gigs at Oxegen and T in the Park have been cancelled and three additional dates in Ireland and Scotland have been added to the list. The band says they don’t want this tour to be just another greatest hits tour, but rather a release of new songs to their European fan base.

Travis Barker told Billboard.com that the album “does not yet have a definitive sound because it’s not finished. It does feel exactly where it should be, where we left off with the self-titled (album 2003). They feel like they could be disc two of that album, so far.” You can check out the exact tour dates and location on the Billboard website, too.

Not to worry fans. Drummer Travis Barker says the album is more than halfway completed. Maybe it’s a good thing Blink is taking their time on this one. I’m sure we won’t be disappointed with the end result!

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