by Justin Worsley
UPDATE: The drama between this band continues to unfold. DeLonge wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted: “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.”
UPDATE: Remaining members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker had a tell-all interview with the Rolling Stone. In the interview, Hoppus and Barker claim that DeLonge and his manager emailed the band on Dec. 30, a week before they were set to begin recording on Jan. 5. After a “flurry of emails for clairification,” DeLonge’s manager sent a final email saying “Tom. Is. Out.” According the the band, this was the exact same email the band received in 2004, the last time DeLonge went on an indefinite hiatus. In his previous hiatus, DeLonge went to form Angels & Airwaves.
UPDATE: Tom DeLonge has posted on his Facebook page disputing the rumors that he left the band.
“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,” said DeLonge on Facebook.
For now, it appears that Skiba will still be “filling in” for DeLonge at Musink. Currently, it is unclear as to whether or not DeLonge was kicked out of the band or if he is still a member.
With the band preparing to enter the studio to record their first album since 2011, Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge has left the band.
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” said the band wrote in a press release. “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 indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”
Replacing DeLonge for the band’s upcoming appearance at March’s Musink Festival will be Alkaline Trio vocalist Matt Skiba, though it does not appear that he will be a permanent replacement.
DeLonge helped form the band in 1992 with bass player Mark Hoppus and former drummer Scott Raynor. Along with his duties as the band’s lead vocalist, DeLonge was also their guitarist.