Tom DeLonge made an official statement saying he is not quitting Blink-182. These remarks were in response to reports that surfaced earlier today claiming he was no longer a member.
Earlier, Consequence of Sound confirmed news that Tom DeLonge was no longer a member of Blink-182. A statement was issued by drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus claiming the following:
“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 went on to say, “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
Additionally, Barker and Hoppus named Alkaline Trio frontman, Matt Skiba as DeLonge’s replacement. In response to the news, according to the Alternative Press, DeLonge’s publicist put out the following statement:
“Contrary to reports, Tom DeLonge has not left Blink 182. “I never quit the band,” he says. “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. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”
DeLonge also took to social media to refute the claims. He posted the following statement about his status in Blink-182:
“To all the fans, I never quit the band,” said DeLonge. “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.”
As of now, it is unclear why Barker and Hoppus put out the original statement and the reason for the misunderstanding.