Blink-182 face uncertain future after Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker blast Tom DeLonge over quit rumours
Blink-182's future was thrown in question last night (January 26th) after they bassist/singer Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker revealed that they will be performing without singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge and opened up about the troubled relations within the band.
The band will play the Musink Festival in March with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba standing in for DeLonge, an announcement which was initially accompanied by a statement from the band saying that Tom DeLonge had left the band indefinitely.
DeLonge took to Instagram to deny this, stating, as shown below, that he had never quit the trio and was in fact talking about Blink-182 commitments last night.
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
However, later on in the day, Hoppus and Barker spoke to Rolling Stone and revealed that they have not spoken to DeLonge for months and that, until earlier today, they believe he had departed from the band indefinitely.
Asked where the statements came from that DeLonge had quit the band, Hoppus replied: "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 went on to say that the band have secured a new record deal as DeLonge would not spend his own money on recording a new album and continually kept pushing back dates.
Barker went on to call DeLonge "disrespectful and ungrateful" and said that the guitarist's contribution has been lacked since the band reunited. He added when asked why DeLonge had denied quitting: "I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before. It was always, "We're going to record an album," then "Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal." So 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."
They continued: "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. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don't know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn't even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn't even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable."
Hoppus went further, adding: "His actions speak louder than whatever he feels compelled to write on an Instagram post. We've been trying to record an album for the better part of two years and we had agreed to go in to record and my guess is that Tom was embarrassed because he doesn't want to do Blink."
The bassist said that DeLonge's status within the band was now a legal matter, but he and Barker were desperate to get out and play shows and asked DeLonge to stop holding them back, saying: "I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink-182 back from what we all agree that we're going to do: play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it."