Well, this is awkward. Even though Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker announced on Jan. 26 that they would be replacing Tom DeLonge after he quit the band, Tom is now insisting that he never left — and that he’s still ‘not leaving!’
Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus may be ready to move on with Alkaline Trio‘s co-lead vocalist, Matt Skiba, but Tom DeLonge, 39, wants the world to know that it’s not because he quit Blink-182. Here’s Tom’s side of the story.
Tom DeLonge Quit Blink-182? — He Says He’s Never ‘Leaving’ The Band
Tom took to his Facebook page on Jan. 26 to set the record straight, inexplicably posting a strange picture of a mustachioed man in a Tron costume along with the following statement:
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.
Tom’s publicist also released a similar statement, saying:
Contrary to reports, Tom DeLonge has not left Blink-182. “I never quit the band,” he says. “Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the ‘news.’ The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”
Hmm, we wonder if it’s even up to Tom because Travis and Mark seemed pretty set on replacing their former lead guitarist and co-lead singer.
Travis and Mark released the following official statement earlier on Jan. 26:
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink 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.
Tom co-founded Blink-182 in 1992, along with Mark and another drummer, Scott Raynor. After going on hiatus in 2005, the band made a comeback in 2011 with a new studio album, Neighborhoods. Tom is also a member of the band Angels and Airwaves.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do YOU want Tom to stay in Blink-182? Comment below with your thoughts.
— Tierney McAfee