Co-founder and vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge of pop punk band Blink-182 has just quit the band indefinitely. For people who have grown up listening to the band this is a serious blow to the stomach.
In a statement issued by drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus described DeLonge’s departure as sudden and unexpected. “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. No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has become DeLonge’s replacement for the band’s upcoming appearance at the Musink Tattoo Music festival, which is curated by Barker. It has not yet been confirmed whether Skiba will be DeLonge’s permanent replacement in Blink-182, but he will continue to record and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
It is a sad day everywhere for fans of the band and for me as well. Hopefully they will continue and perhaps a new era of Blink-182 will arise from this unfortunate news. Check out my favorite recording of Blink-182 performing live below.
UPDATE: A statement from Tom himself on Facebook could clear up any quitting rumors. “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