This week has been a confusing, yet sad one for all Blink-182 fans. It was announced earlier this week that Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of the band; an announcement which was followed by a denial and further statements which only confirmed suspicions that there was a rift developing between it’s members.
It all began on Monday, when band members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus said Tom DeLonge had quit the band. It seemed the two Blink members hadn’t had much contact with guitarist, with all communication being reliant upon emails between managers. The official press release from Blink stated:
‘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.’
It also explained how member of Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba, would take DeLonge’s place at the Muskink Tattoo and Music festival.
DeLonge then took to Instagram on Monday night to deny the claims, saying:
‘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…..’.
It became unclear what was true, the mixed messages had left everyone unsure. Had DeLonge actually quit or had the other members just had enough? Statements from them seemed to suggest he had continuously put off studio time, ultimately delaying work on their new album.
Later, in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker said DeLonge had become ‘disrespectful’ and ungrateful’.
‘I think he’s just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before.’ – Barker ‘It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time.’ – Hoppus
In a response to the interview, DeLonge then posted the Tweet (which was swiftly deleted): “a year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis,” he said. “Don’t pretend there isn’t more to the story.”
In what seemed to a departing statement, DeLonge wrote a letter for the fan’s and gave his side of the story. He sadly explained how he ‘never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.’ You can read the whole of the letter here on Kerrang!
It is expected that DeLonge will carry on with his alternative music project Angels & Airwaves, but that he is now no longer a part of Blink. He described his ex-band members as ‘like brothers to him’ but added that now their relationship had been ‘poisoned’.
It’s not strictly goodbye to Blink-182 though, Hoppus and Barker will continue to play together. (They can be seen playing #MUSINK2015 with Mark Skiba.)
‘I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink-182 back from what we all agree that we’re going to do: play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it.’ – Hoppus