Blink-182 Can't Agree If Tom DeLonge Left Group Or Not
. Tom DeLonge may or may not have left Blink-182 "indefinitely". The other members of the band, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, told fans on Monday that he had left the group but DeLonge issued a statement a few hours later that said he was still a member.
On Monday it was announced that Blink-182 would be headlining the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival in Costa Mesa, Ca in March and that Tom DeLonge would be replaced at the show with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
Blink-182 reportedly sent out a statement to several media outlets that said DeLonge "didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors."
A few hours later a publicist for DeLonge issued the following statement that quoted him saying, "I never quit the band. Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the 'news.' The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year."
Hoppus then spoke with Rolling Stone about the situation. He told RS, "I'll walk you through the past two years of Blink-182 history: For the past two years, we've been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, 'No problem.' At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don't think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything's been moving positively.
"We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom's manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he's out indefinitely. There's a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, 'Tom. Is. Out.' Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before."
Hoppus was then asked "So from your point of view, there was no ambiguity?" and he responded, "Absolutely. Every single thing that we've heard from his camp - from e-mails from his manager to our production team - was, 'Tom is out indefinitely. For the foreseeable future, Tom is done.'"
Read the full interview here.