According to a series of press releases, interviews and social media posts in the last couple of days, it seems that a non-amicable split has occurred between American rock band Blink-182 and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge.
While in the last few years DeLonge has been busy with his band Angels & Airwaves, Blink-182’s statement to Radio.com explains that the now-former member of the band “didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors”.
DeLonge himself wrote an open letter on his Facebook page, stating that he “never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit”, calling his former band members’ actions “defensive and divisive” and referring to this whole drama as “immaturity”. Remaining members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker then blasted DeLonge in an interview to Rolling Stone, saying that he was “ungrateful” and “disingenuous”.
Blink-182 is scheduled to play drummer Travis Barker’s annual Musink festival in March, with Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba filling in for DeLonge. It is unclear whether Skiba would become a permanent member of the band.