Blink-182 was going to tour Europe this summer, but they have pushed those dates back into 2012. Bad news, right? Wrong, they’re postponing the tour so they can finish their new album! The first new Blink album since 2003.

The band made the announcement on their website and cited that they wanted to have a tour with new music for their fans.

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.

I can respect that.

I’ve been a Blink fan since the Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch days, so I’m pretty stoked about a new album. My only quip with Blink is that they never really impressed me live.  When I saw the Mark, Tom and Travis Show tour I think they told more fart jokes than played songs, which got pretty old.  But I am a big fan of their albums.

They say they hope to have the new record out later this year. Rock.

You can read more about the re-scheduled tour and album from Billboard.

Blink-182's  official website