Dammit, Where’s My Band Again?
Early this morning the news got around that guitarist Tom DeLonge had left Blink-182 “indefinitely”, leaving Alkaline Trio’s guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge at the upcoming Musink Festival, which Blink are scheduled to play in March. The full press release issued by the band reads:
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.
Evidently, this was all news to DeLonge himself, whose publicist has since come out and said that, “Contrary to reports, Tom DeLonge has not left Blink-182” adding that DeLonge says, “The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.” DeLonge took to his official Facebook page to further clarify the matter:
As much as BLUNT would like to see the guys stay together for the kids, Rolling Stone have recently published a tell-all Q&A with members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker weighing in on the conflicting statements and the future of the band, which you can check out here. In the meantime, here’s five of our favourite Tom-fronted Blink tracks.
“Feeling This” – Blink-182
“Mutt” – Enema Of The State
“Anthem Part Two” – Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
“Aliens Exist” – Enema Of The State
“Carousel” – Buddha