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Blink-182 Feud Surprises Everyone Who Didn't Know The Band Is Still Together
When we first heard that that Blink-182's guitarist Tom DeLonge was quitting this week, the big surprise wasn't that Blink-182 was losing one of its founding members but that the band still existed. The San Diego-based band is back in the public eye for perhaps the first time since the early aughts with a high-profile squabble.
The group plans to headline the eighth annual Musink festival, which is part music festival helmed by Blink-182's drummer Travis Barker, part tattoo convention and 100% Orange County. But the show must go on, and they're planning on rocking out on stage without DeLonge. In the meantime, this is how their very public and bizarre feud went down over the last couple of days:
Blink-182's frontman Mark Hoppus and Barker bitterly and publicly announced that DeLonge was out of the group—without his knowledge. They said in a statement that they would be replacing him with someone better—Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio—for the upcoming concert. They then pointed out that DeLonge has become too cool for school and speaks to them only through his manager: “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." They added, "No hard feelings." Okay, sure. We can read between the lines, bro.
DeLonge made things extra confusing by posting a message through Instagram saying he's still in the band. The caption to his photo read: "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"
The social media wars continued. Hoppus tweeted out this cryptic por vida message to show his commitment, unlike DeLonge:
blink-182 life. For life.— ϻ𝔞Ⓡ𝔨 𝐇𝑜Ƥ𝐩ย𝓼 (@markhoppus) January 26, 2015
Then Hoppus and Barker joined forces in a Rolling Stone interview to tell their side of the story—saying that DeLonge has been holding them back all along. Barker said that DeLonge is "disrespectful and ungrateful," and that he's been setting them back from recording a new album (not that we need a new Blink-182 album out there) by being whiny and flaky. "We've done everything that we could to give Tom what he says he needs," Hoppus said. "It's been years of pushing back and I have to tell you: It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time."