We all know that blink-182 and its members have their issues, but for once we though that all the drama had been put behind them so that they could work on a new album, peacefully.
So much for that.
Earlier in the day, it was revealed that blink-182 would be performing at the 8th Annual Musink Festival in California; a big deal for drummer Travis Barker who would be curating the artists for the second year. When the official flyer was revealed, fans were quick to notice that blink-182 were listed, but right under their band name it said “with Matt Skiba.” (Matt Skiba is the vocalist/guitarist for Alkaline Trio.)
Almost as quick as that flyer was posted, fans began to speculate that frontman Tom DeLonge had once again left the band and the band would soon after confirm that with a long statement in which they reveal that DeLonge’s manger contacted them claiming that DeLonge no longer wanted to participate in any blink endeavors, including a new album and this festival.
Check out the “alleged” statement from the band.
“Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Music and Tattoo festival.
“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 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.”
Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.
“No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.”
But now that this has hit the web, DeLonge has gone ahead and rebutted the statement from the band claiming that he had quit the band.
He reveals that he was actually in the middle of a phone conference about a blink show in New York when the news started to pour in that he reportedly left the band. He went directly to Instagram and posted his own statement, which can be read below, about this.
“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”
Now, we will admit that each member of the band has their own faults, especially DeLonge, but if they continue to go this way, we’re pretty sure this new album they’ve been trying to work on for months is never going to get done and an inevitable split is on the horizon.
And no, we don’t mean split like “we’ll be going on a hiatus; we’ll be back in ten years.”