"All of this makes me really sad" - Tom DeLonge addresses the Blink-182 situation in lengthy open letter
Blink-182's Tom DeLonge has reacted to yesterday's (January 27th) revelation that bassist/singer Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker will be performing without him and responded to the claims they made in an explosive interview.
DeLonge, in a lengthy open letter posted on his Facebook page, defended himself and said that Barker and Hoppus had issued him with contract terms that he was unhappy with, both because they demanded a new Blink-182 record be finished within six months and that he would be prohibited from releasing a new Angels & Airwaves album for at least nine months.
The singer also said that he had tried to organise a meeting to discuss future plans in Utah, which didn't go to plan. He wrote: "The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we’d talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone’s dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room."
He continued: "But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I'd mirror our personal relationship. Exact words."
DeLonge went on to say that he treated the recording of the band's EP as a test, stating he put in two months work of time in the studio while Hoppus and Barker were only there for 11 days. He went on to admit he'd even tried to the pull the EP at the last minute.
The guitarist went on to say that he believed the situation was "sad" and that his relationship with the other two members was now "poisoned".
He added: "At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity. I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive. I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt. Like we all do. And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."