UPDATE: Tom DeLonge sought to clear the air by posting a long message to his fans on Facebook to clear the air:
It sounds like we're finally getting to the bottom of things!
Just yesterday, the news broke that Blink-182 was going to carry on without co-founder Tom DeLonge, because he had "indefinitely" left the band. Well, Tom refuted that in an Instagram post, sharing a bizarre picture, and saying, "To all the fans, I never quit the band."
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Well, that's not the story Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are telling, and they have emails to prove it! The duo decided to sit down with Rolling Stone and talk about everything that had been going on with the band. Hoppus explained in detail:
"I'll walk you through the past two years of Blink-182 history: For the past two years, we've been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, "No problem." At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don't think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything's been moving positively.
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… Every single thing that we've heard from his camp — from e-mails from his manager to our production team — was, "Tom is out indefinitely. For the foreseeable future, Tom is done.""
Yikes! It doesn't get clearer than that!
And Travis went even deeper with the topic, explaining what the heck he thinks is going on with all of this. He said:
"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. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it's been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don't know, maybe because I almost died."
Hoppus chimed in, adding, "His actions speak louder than whatever he feels compelled to write on an Instagram post."
And finally, they were asked what would happen if Tom called them up and said he wanted back in the band…
Barker: Mark's the sweeter one, so I'll let him answer [laughs].
Hoppus: Travis and I and the whole Blink-182 organization have bent over backwards for years to accommodate all of the stuff that Tom wanted to try. Tom calls up in October 2013 and says, "I want to do an EP for Christmas release." I live in London and five days later, I'm on an airplane to Los Angeles to record because he wanted to. We've done everything that we could to give Tom what he says he needs. It's been years of pushing back and I have to tell you: 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."
The good news for Blink-182 fans is that the show will go on with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba stepping in for Tom.
It won't be the same, but hopefully it will be drama-free this time around!
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