TOM DELONGE OUT OF BLINK-182? BANDMATES CALL HIM ‘UNGRATEFUL’
Singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge is out of Blink-182 — or at least that’s how it seems. The other two members of the group, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, issued a statement on Monday (January 26th) claiming that DeLonge had left the veteran pop-punk band and that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba was going to replace him for upcoming live commitments, including the eighth annual Musink Music and Tattoo festival.
But DeLonge responded later in the day, saying that he had not actually quit the trio.
The band’s statement read in part, “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 into the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors . . . No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
DeLonge’s later statement said, “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 . . . ” He later added, “The only truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”
Hoppus and Barker spoke with Rolling Stone late on Monday, with Hoppus saying that the band has signed a new record deal and was preparing to record at the end of last year. He explained, “We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely . . . ‘Tom. Is. Out.’ Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.”
Hoppus revealed that DeLonge had been “not excited and not interested” in recording a new album, with the process being pushed back several times during the last two years. Barker added, “We always covered up for him before . . . It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it.”
- Blink reformed in 2009, after a small plane crash nearly took Barker’s life. Even though they toured, it wasn’t until 2011 that the band released new music in the form of Neighborhoods, an album that met with mixed reactions from longtime fans and disappointing sales.
- The Musink Festival where Blink is slated to perform takes place from March 20th to 22nd in Costa Mesa, California.
- DeLonge’s Angels & Airwaves is scheduled to premiere a new video this week for the song “Tunnels.”