Blink-182 helped define a generations musical taste, but one of the original core members has decided that it may be time for a break, and that he will not be working on projects with the band for some time.
Tom DeLonge has been a staple in the band for the past 23 years, and when fans first discovered that the band was ending their 4-year hiatus back in 2009, they cheered because they figured all the past problems between members were a thing of the past.
While the band members may not be feuding, Tom has decided that he wanted to carry on with other non-musical endeavors. He stated that he has not quit the band, and that yes, they are all dysfunctional, but despite rumors he has not left the band. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, the remaining members of the group stated to Radio.com, “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 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.”
They went on to state, “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” With that being said Blink-182 has been announced as the headliner for Travis Barker’s Musink Tattoo & Music Festival, which will take place from March 20-22. Matt Skiba, who is known as the singer and guitarist for alternative rock band Alkaline Trio, will replace DeLonge for the weekend’s performance.
While the band will continue without Delonge, fans are either going to embrace or reject the idea of a band without one of its original members, and hope that his return comes sooner than later.
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