Oh, no! After over 20 years together, Blink-182 has lost Tom DeLonge. In a statement, remaining members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker revealed his replacement — Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio.
Tom DeLonge, 39, is officially done with Blink-182. Despite his sudden departure, the remaining band members, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, have decided to carry on — and have already chosen a replacement in the form of Alkaline Trio‘s co-lead vocalist, Matt Skiba.
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Quits The Band
This is a major blow to the punk-rock scene.
Tom DeLonge, one of the lead vocalists and guitarists of Blink-182, has decided to move on without the band, reports Billboard.
An official statement released by his former band mates, Travis and Mark, revealed that Tom “didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”
Tom has yet to address his departure on social media, with both is Facebook and Twitter profile lacking any updates. Longtime fans of the band must be so bummed.
The remaining members of Blink-182 announced that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be joining them in place of Tom at the upcoming Musink Tattoo & Music Festival, to be held March 20 – 22 in San Diego, Calif.
Tom Helped Form Blink-182 In 1992
Tom was one of the founding members of Blink-182 with Mark and another drummer, Scott Raynor, over 22 years ago in 1992.
Although the band went on hiatus in 2005, they came back in 2011 with a brand-new studio album titled Neighborhoods.
Tom is also a member of a second band, Angels and Airwaves, which just released it’s fifth studio album in Dec. 2014. There is no word yet on whether or not he will remain with that band.
Fingers crossed Tom hasn’t left the music scene for good.
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— Lauren Cox