But why do we care? Is it suddenly 15 years ago? Did I miss the TARDIS? What’s happening?? Is Tom DeLonge out of the band? Is he in? Is this thing on?? What’s my age again!?
It all began on Monday, Jan. 26, when drummer Barker, 39, and bass player Hoppus, 42, announced they would be playing an upcoming music festival with Alkaline Trio rocker Matt Skiba on the guitar, instead of DeLonge, 39. As rumors of a shake-up spread, Blink-182 released a statement confirming that DeLonge was no longer a part of the group.
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” Barker and Hoppus said in a statement to various outlets. “A week before we were scheduled to go into 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.”
“To all the fans, I never quit the band,” he wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo. “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.”
And after all that, Mark Hoppus releases another statement, basically saying Tom DeLonge is an idiot and he needs to check his email or something, because he’s out.
“This is exactly the same sequence of events that happened when Blink broke up 10 years ago,” Hoppus added. “I wasn’t that surprised because his attitude leading up to that had been not excited and not interested.”
“I think he’s just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest,” Barker chimed in about DeLonge. “We always covered up for him before… Everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn’t part of Blink-182. It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it… Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”
Hm. Well, that sucks for Tom, I guess. Does this mean Blink 182 is going to be, like, a thing again?