Tom DeLonge denies leaving Blink-182
FOR a few hours, all Blink-182 fans thought they would be playing I Miss You on a loop tonight, as news broke that guitarist and co-vocalist Tom DeLonge was leaving the pop-punk band "indefinitely".
His former bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, with whom he founded Blink-182 in 1992, said that "the show must go on" in a statement released by the band's publicist, KROQ reported.
But Tom DeLonge's Instagram and Twitter accounts say otherwise.
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
A few hours later, he Tweeted a picture of a man hugging a lion with the words "me and the band hugging."
The statement came after the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival in California announced that Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiva would be filling in for DeLonge - sparking rumours that DeLonge had left.
Barker and Hoppus said they were "excited" that Skiba would stand in for DeLonge at the festival on 22 March in Orange County, California, and planned to "honor all Blink-182 commitments".
"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 indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors [sic]," the statement explained.
"No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans," the pair said. Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio, the statement added.
The band has not yet announced DeLonge's indefinite departure on social media, with the singer still listed as part of the lineup on its Facebook page.