Tom DeLonge Quits Blink-182 (UPDATE: Mark and Travis Speak Out)
It seems like it was only yesterday that pop-punkers Blink-182 reunited. However, as of today, Blink-182 has announced that Tom DeLonge has (yet again) quit the band. In an email from his manager to the band, DeLong reportedly stated that he "...didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely." This marks the second time that DeLonge has quit Blink-182, the last time being the trigger for the band's hiatus from 2005-2008. In that time he founded the band Angels & Airwaves with whom he has since recorded 5 albums, the most recent of which 'The Dream Walker', was released in December of last year.
With Blink-182, DeLonge was supposed to enter the studio later this week to begin working on what would have been the bands second full album since their reformation.
While the band has yet to comment on what will happen with the album, they did state that they would still be playing all future commitments including the recently announced Musink Festival. Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio fame is set to be filling in DeLonge's role on guitar and vocals.
Of course, this is a huge hit for Blink-182. DeLonge's voice and sense of humour was certainly major factors in the bands success and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. For now though, we wish him all the best and hope to see both him and Blink-182 thriving in the future.
Check out Tom's most recent video for 'The Wolfpack' with Angels & Airwaves:
UPDATE: Tom recently took to Instagram to clear up the rumors...looks like he isn't leaving after all:
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