Not sure if the world is being punked or if this is a brilliant pr move to get these guys back on everyone’s radar but earlier, reports are that Tom DeLonge, co-founder of Blink-182 has left the band ‘indefinitely.’ The statement below was released earlier today from the band’s publicist, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker explain the show must go on..
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
Soon after, Blink-182’s bassist/singer Mark Hoppus tweeted this earlier and it’s unclear how long Skiba will collaborate with the remaining Blink members, but Alkaline Trio fans can breathe easy: Barker and Hoppus promise Skiba will continue to record and tour with his own band.
Tom Delonge has now taken to Instagram to make this statement…
To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs
Not sure as to what is going on but either way, my inner high schooler is quite sad and emo over this news… Couldn’t think of a more perfect song.