Today has been a wild ride for Blink-182 fans. To start, members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker released a statement, saying that Tom DeLonge had left the band “indefinitely,” and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba would replace the singer/guitarist for an upcoming festival date. DeLonge refuted this shortly after, claiming he “never quit the band.” Now, in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker have told the full story of what went wrong with Blink and DeLonge.
Read a few key sections from the interview below, and check out the full chat at Rolling Stone:
On DeLonge leaving the band:
Hoppus: “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.”
On his denial of quitting the band:
Barker: “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. 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.”
On whether or not he'd be welcome to rejoin the band:
Hoppus: ” It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time. When Tom finally said, 'I'm not going to go into the studio or play this show,' it was kind of a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it. But to then say, 'I didn't quit the band,' it's just not true. It's disingenuous. 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.”