BLINK-182 SPLIT GETS WORSE AS ACCUSATIONS FLY
The Blink-182 split has already gotten uglier. As previously reported, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker revealed on Monday (January 26th) that they intended to perform live without singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, telling Rolling Stone that DeLonge had “indefinitely” removed himself from all Blink activities for the foreseeable future. DeLonge countered via social media that he had not “quit” the trio, although his former bandmates claimed otherwise, calling DeLonge “disrespectful” and “ungrateful.”
DeLonge fired back on Tuesday (January 27th), claiming in a since-deleted blog post, “A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis . . . Don’t pretend there isn’t more to this story.”
DeLonge later posted a lengthy “letter to the fans” in which he went into detail about his side of the story, saying that he tried to get the band members on the same page at a “summit” in Utah, but that “we still somehow managed to self-sabotage,” adding, “We’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.”
DeLonge also wrote that due to his various other commitments, “I told my manager that I will do Blink-182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family. But Mark and Travis know all of this.”
DeLonge concluded by saying that he was “sad” that the fans were “witnessing this immaturity,” adding that his bandmates’ “current actions are defensive and divisive.” He finished by saying that their “relationship got poisoned yesterday . . . never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.”
Neither Hoppus nor Barker have commented on DeLonge’s remarks.
Hoppus and Barker have recruited Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge at the MusInk Festival next month and say they plan to continue performing and recording Blink-182 music.