[dropcap]C[/dropcap]BS Radio is reporting that Blink-182 guitarist/vocalist, Tom DeLonge has quit the band. The official statement from the bands publicist below:
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoofestival. “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.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
Tom DeLonge took to Twitter to combat the news by posting this:
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.
What exactly is going on in Blink-182, we’re not sure yet, but The Pit will keep on it.
Tom DeLonge is out. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker sat with Rolling Stone to set the record straight. Read the full article here.