Tom DeLonge Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Tell-All


Apparently there are several sides to the blink-182 drama and former (or not former) singer Tom DeLonge is throwing his bandmates under the bus just like they did to him during their tell-all niterview with Rolling Stone last night.

Things started to get hairy from DeLonge’s side earlier in the day when he took to Twitter and posted, and quickly deleted, a message to his followers.

The message read: “A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis [Barker]…Don’t pretend there isn’t more to this story.”


If this revelation turns out to be true, what would Barker think about Hoppus considering both were on the same side during the interview and their side project, +44.

But DeLonge couldn’t just leave that along. The singer has now taken to Facebook to post a super long message to fans, telling his side of the long, twisted, and frankly soap opera worthy story.

The complete over 900 word post can be read below. As for our take on the matter, we still don’t know whose side to take, if anyone’s at that.

“Where to begin?

The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.

I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.

So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I’ve tried to make things work. I’ve tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don’t even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I’m not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I’m not wired that way.

The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we’d talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone’s dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I’d mirror our personal relationship.

Exact words.

Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn’t mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.

Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.

At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I’d been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn’t lose the years of ill will.

It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again – to rely on the words we said to each other.

I remember asking one of them on the phone, “did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?”

He was silent.

Are they at fault?

Am I? Of course. I’m nuts.

But there’s three of us – 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.

Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there’s a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that’s already in motion.

So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn’t release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators… Many people.

They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form– I can’t just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.

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.

I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything.

In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.
I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren’t angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).

So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band’s future. This is new to me. It’s not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

But I guess that’s another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light… I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.

At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.

Sad for us.

Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity.

I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.

I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.

Like we all do.

And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.

Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.


The Black Keys’ Drummer Calls Out Justin Bieber Again


It’s been a while since we heard anything from The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and his “obsession” with Justin Bieber. Considering all the trouble the pop star has gotten himself into since the initial “hatefest” began, it’s surprising that Carney hasn’t said anything.

While being interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine recently, his silence on the matter went out the window when he was asked by reporter Patrick Doyle to chim on on Bieber. “Justin Bieber, like a fucking irresponsible asshole, sicced 40 million Twitter followers on me because I paid him a compliment he didn’t understand.”

For those that don’t remember, it all started when Bieber got upset because he was snubbed for a Grammy. When asked by a TMZ photographer about his opinion on the matter, Carney simply replied with “Grammys are for music, not for the money. He should be happy.”

Of course not understanding humor, Bieber sicced his Belieb-hoard on the drummer by tweeting, “The Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha.”

During his interview with Doyle, Carney was asked in what sense was his statement a compliment. Carney responded with: “I’m saying that he should be grateful he has a career in music. And he shouldn’t be fucking telling his followers to slap me, and then also be doing anti-bullying bullshit. It’s so irresponsible.”

But that’s not even where it end. He continues to throw more shade at the always-in-troubled one by calling him an even bigger hypocrite referencing to all the times he has gotten in trouble and the next day went online to pledge his love to his fans for believing in him, even when he was being the worst possible person to look up to.

“If you’re a 34-year-old fucking loser like me, and you go on Justin Bieber’s Twitter account like a total pervert every time that he gets in trouble, you should look at his tweets the next day. It’s always like, ‘I love you guys so much, always believe, never stop believing.’ He’s feeding them the Kool-Aid more and more,” he says. “He pours it on heavy, though. It’s so manipulative! And whoever taught him that that was OK, whoever’s watching him and is like ‘that manipulation is acceptable,’ should be really ashamed of themselves.”

Oli Sykes in the Middle of Another Feud


We all know that there was some major bad blood between Oli Sykes and Kellin Quinn earlier this year about some fan packages that Quinn had posted for the Sleeping with Sirens tour.

Now it looks like Sykes might be in the middle of another feud and this time it has nothing to do with Quinn or Sleeping with Sirens; it’s a looking more like a one-sided “disagreement” with Tyler, the Creator (you know, that guy that had his entire speech bleeped at one of those awards shows).

According to Tyler, Sykes stole some lyrics of his and put it on one of his shirts from his Drop Dead line, but instead of just calling Sykes out like a normal person, he took to Twitter to call him a “Tumblr Fag.” Then again, do you really expect some eloquence coming for a guy who’s speech was nothing but curse words roped together?

Tyler, the Creator tweeted the following when he found out about the shirt,” THAT KID WITH RADICAL LYRICS ON HIS SHIRT IS SOME TUMBLR FAG FUCK HIM DONT USE MY SHIT PUSSY” and Sykes, not one to give a crap about anything responded with, “I just thought skip school had more charm to it. You could try watchdogs but I think they have bigger fish to fry ✌️”.

And of course, not being one to miss a fight, Falling in Reverse’s Ronnie Radke had to put in his two cents, siding with Tyler. Radke wrote on his social media account, “Certain people that steal others art and music and designs WILL get exposed. You can’t just jack peoples shit dude. You know who you are” “Stop defending that fucking fraudulent pussy..”

And to think, this started over some lyrics that pretty much every kid in high school going through their rebellious phase has said more than a couple of times.

Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse ‘Bury the Hatchet’


After years of being at war with each other, Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate have finally decided to bury the long-going hatchet that they had for several years.

Last night, some talk started on the web that Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse would be announcing something big today. Evidence of an olive branch continued when the frontman of each band, Craig Mabbitt on behalf of Escape the Fate and Ronnie Radke on behalf of Falling in Reverse, tweeted the same thing; a simple #burythehatchet.

In an exclusive interview with Alternative Press, both Mabbitt and Radke explained how they decided to set their differences aside, especially Radke who had been fired from the band back in mid-2008 following a prison sentence when he did not report to his parole officer after being put on probation. Of course this led to him forming Falling Reverse.

In honor of burying the hatchet, they decided to name their upcoming tour just that, The Bury the Hatchet tour. Tickets will go on sale, fittingly, on Halloween.

Check out the video of the Alternative Press interview below as well as the official tour dates.

BURY THE HATCHET TOUR – Falling In Reverse & Escape The Fate
Jan-15-2014 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
Jan-16-2014 San Diego, CA – Soma
Jan-17-2014 Phoenix, AZ – Marquis
Jan-18-2014 Las Vegas, NV- HOB
Jan-20-2014 Dallas, TX  – HOB
Jan-21-2014 Houston, TX – HOB
Jan-22-2014 San Antonio, TX – Backstage
Jan-24-2014 Tampa, FL – Jannus
Jan-25-2014 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Jan-26-2014 Orlando, FL – HOB
Jan-27-2014 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Jan-28-2014 Norfolk, VA – Norva
Jan-29-2014 Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore
Jan-30-2014 New York, NY – Best Buy
Feb-01-2014 Worcester, MA – Palladium
Feb-02-2014 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Feb-04-2014 Detroit MI – Royal Oak
Feb-05-2014 Chicago, IL – HOB
Feb-07-2014 Denver, CO – Ogden
Feb-08-2014 SLC, UT – Complex
Feb-10-2014 Seattle, WA – Showbox
Feb-11-2014 Portland, OR – Wonder
Feb-13-2014 San Francisco, CA – Regency
Feb-14-2014 Pomona, CA – Fox

Kellin Quinn v. Oli Sykes: Round 2


We never though we’d see the day when guys would act like a bunch of 14-year-old girls competing over who would get the most attention from the cute, new guy in school.

Last month, Sleeping with Sirens frontman, Kellin Quinn had posted on the band’s website an $80 package which guaranteed fans, an autographed Polaroid picture with the frontman, a group Q&A, a signing session with the entire band and other things during their current tour.

When word got around that Quinn was “offering” this to fans, Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes sounded off on the matter and he was less than thrilled about it. He took to his Twitter and started to throw major shade at Quinn writing things such as “Next USA tour! Oli Sykes special polaroid package! Take a photo with me! Special price! Absolutely no charge at all! Fucking cockstars.”

Of course, Quinn did respond to the diss and wrote in his respond that he thought it was a great deal and “ if you disagree then don’t buy it, no one is forcing you k?” Soon after, he did reveal that he would be donating some of the money to charity.

Just when we thought that it would have all ended there, let’s just say that it didn’t and rewind back to those catty girls in high school.

Sykes recently had gotten a facial tattoo and went on to the post the new body art on his Instagram; that’s when Quinn saw his opportunity to attack.  He wrote, “Dude, so stoked! My best bud @olobersyko loved our album so much he got the artwork tattooed on his face”

Sykes, not being one to take something so lightly especially when it has to do with his “bud” Quinn, responded by simply writing, “@Kellinquinn it’s just such a good album, you must have been so stoked when @JesseSWS wrote it all.”

Ouch, but that’s not where it all ended.

Quinn responded a few hours ago with “@olobersyko @JesseSWS maybe he can sign his name next to your feather? You have his number right? I’m sure he’d be stoked to do it!”

I think someone might need some water for that burn. No telling how much further this feud is going to go, but rest assure, it’s probably just going to get cattier and funnier.

Justin Timberlake and Kanye West Make Up


Remember back in February when Kanye West took a shot at Justin Timberlake during a show in  London’s Hammersmith Apollo?

Yeah, well we almost forgot about it too until we remember what West had said to his crowd of followers. To this day, the assumption might be that ‘Yeezus’ was jealous that his best friend, Jay-Z was trading him in for Timberlake which led to him saying, “”I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fucking with that ‘Suit & Tie’.”

Cue the one person feud that was forgotten until today when Timberlake brought it back into the public’s knowledge.

In an interview with MTV reporter, Sway on In the Morning, Timberlake commented on what the rapper had said, and that it really didn’t bother him much. “At the end of the day it’s just music,” he said. “I love the record, I love ‘Suit & Tie’. It reminds me of the music I grew up listening to. I respect his opinion because I think he’s a genius, but I don’t share that opinion.”

While the “feud” did got into a black hole of oblivion to the world, Timberlake said that the two of them  settled their difference at the MTV Video Music Awards last week where West performed “Blood on the Leaves” and Timberlake performed a medley of his songs as well as accepted a couple of awards including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards.

“I told [Kanye], ‘I fuck with you, in a way that you probably don’t even understand. I get what you do.’ We’ve never worked together, so I don’t think that he fully understands what it is that I can do. I love ‘Yeezus’, I love that album. I think he’s ahead of a lot, especially in his genre. I think people are going to appreciate it a lot more in the future.”

As if simply making up wasn’t enough, Timberlake did make a comment that there might be some collaborating in the future. Well, the best way I know how to do that is for us to just sit down and play music.”

So can anyone see a collaboration going on between these two? I don’t know.