We all know that each of the three members of Blink-182 have their own separate side projects, but on January 26, 2015 when the band released a statement about playing Musink Festival with Matt Skiba the internet went into melt down!
Has Tom quit the band? Why is Matt Skiba (guitarist and singer) from Alkaline Trio playing with Blink-182?
Update: Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have finally set the record straight with an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone. Mark has since tweeted about the interview saying "This is the real deal". So yes, it seems Tom DeLonge has left the band for now.
Update 3: Tom posts a letter to the fans via his Facebook page detailing his side of the story.
Update 4: Travis goes on the Kevin Bean Show and discusses Musink Fest, Blink-182 and Tom.
Update 5: With a few days gone by we've seen Travis post a picture rehearsing with Mark and Matt for Musink Fest. We've also seen Tom post a little audio clip with rumors being that the clip is meant to be a new Blink-182 song. Whatever it is we'll find out on March 1, 2015 with Tom Saying at the time of posting: "I have a lot of music I was working hard on.... Things happen, so I guess we have a change of plans... Either way, I think you guys should hear it."
I strongly recommend you read the Rolling Stone interview and Tom's letter to the fans, below we detail where it all started and how the story unfolded from the beginning. What started the rumors was this statement from the band's publicist:
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'tt 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.
Since this was published Tom DeLonge posted a picture of the following message:
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
A further statement from Tom's publicist has since gone out:
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.”
The original statement that caused all this fuss never specifically used the word "quit" - just Tom DeLonge will not be participating in any Blink-182 projects "indefinitely". But even with all the tweets and statements we were still unclear on the situation.
After hours of confusion, Mark and Travis released an interview with Rolling Stone to answer questions and finally set the story straight.
So Tom has left the band for now (or been sacked), or as originally quoted has left "indefinitely". Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio will be filling in for Tom at Musink Fest this March and that will be it for now - Mark has said "After that, we don't know".
What we do know for sure is that Mark and Travis want to protect the legacy of Blink-182 and continue playing the songs that have made the band so popular over the years. They want to create new music and they want to go out and continue playing to all the fans around the world.
The show must go on and if Tom has been holding back the band all this time it's probably best Mark and Travis continue without him. It's a sad day, but a new Blink-182 could be reborn from this mess of statements and quotes. Next stop for now will be playing Musink Fest with Matt Skiba in March 2015.
We can be hopeful that the 3 of them work out their issues and Tom rejoins the band or look forward to a possible new Blink-182.
We’ll be updating this story as time moves on and more information becomes available!