Blink 182 have announced that they have postponed their forthcoming UK tour for 12 months.
The band were due to kick off their 10-date arena tour in Birmingham on July 1, but have decided to reschedule the shows in order to complete work on their forthcoming album. The tour has now been rescheduled to take place in July, 2012.
"It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce our planned 2011 European Summer tour has been rescheduled," reads an official statement from the band. "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. We hoped we would have some new songs to play rather than do another 'greatest hits tour' which you all saw last summer. As much as we know our fans would be cool with that, we feel that we owe you guys something new when you spend your money to come see us. Frankly, it's what needs to continue for us to remain vital. The three of us are working very hard to do what we set out to do when we re-formed... get a new Blink-182 album recorded.
"For those of you who hoped to see us at Oxegen and T In The Park festivals this year, we're very sorry that we won't be there as we were looking forward to playing them so much," they add. "However, we've added Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow arena dates onto next summer's tour so we can see our Irish and Scottish fans.
"Apologies to all of our fans who have bought tickets and were looking forward to the summer shows but we'll be back soon with the rescheduled dates in summer 2012, have a new album out and be able to play new songs for you all. Thanks for all of the continued support and understanding."
The new dates are as follows:
12 Dublin O2
13 Belfast Odyssey Arena
20 Glasgow SECC Arena
The rescheduled date are:
07 Birmingham NIA (Tickets still valid from July 1, 2011)
08 London The O2 (Tickets still valid from July 18, 2011)
09 London The O2 ( Tickets still valid from July 19, 2011)
15 Manchester MEN Arena (Tickets still valid from July 8, 2011)
16 Birmingham LG Arena (Tickets still valid from July 15, 2011)
17 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (Tickets still valid from July 7, 2011)
19 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (Tickets still valid from July 12, 2011)
10 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Tickets still valid from July 16, 2011)
11 Nottingham Capital FM Arena (Tickets still valid from July 13, 2011)
12 Liverpool Echo Arena (Tickets still valid from July 4, 2011)
Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For further information or queries regarding the rescheduled dates please contact the ticket agent where you purchased your tickets.
Check out this week's Kerrang! for an exclusive interview with bassist Mark Hoppus, who tells Kerrang! the reasons behind the decision to reschedule their UK tour and reasons behind the album's delay.