Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of Blink-182
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo festival. “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.
This comes on the heels of the band announcing that they will be performing a set with Matt Skiba at this year's Musink Festival.
In November, DeLonge revealed in an interview that the band had found a "partner" to release the record with, and that they would be "going pretty hardcore" after the holidays.
AP is expected to receive a statement from Blink-182's publicist soon.
UPDATE: Mark Hoppus recently tweeted:
What are your thoughts on the situation? Are you surprised to see DeLonge part ways with the band?