January 26, 2015

Breaking News: Tom DeLonge "Leaves" Blink 182 "Indefinitely" - Skiba to Replace for Shows

Apparently Tom DeLonge is no longer interested in working on Blink 182 (or other musical) projects and has abandoned the band shortly before they were supposed to go into the studio and record a new album. They are also scheduled to play the upcoming Musink Festival in March. Matt Skiba will fill in for current 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 indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

When it comes to Blink 182, obviously the fans love the entire band, but the fan-ship also tends to divide over whether or not they prefer Tom's songwriting and vocals or Mark's. As someone who has always been more of a Hoppus fan, I would actually be very interested to see them perform with Matt Skiba in Tom's place, if only for one time.

I have had the fortune to see Blink 182 a handful of times over the past 15 years or so and one of the elements I always enjoyed was the banter and camaraderie between Mark and Tom. It made for some fun entertainment when they didn't spend TOO much time talking... which was often, but the shows were ultimately a lot of fun regardless.

However, this was before the initial split. Before Angels & Airwaves. Before +44. Before Box Car Racer. The last two times I saw Blink 182 perform after the re-union, it was very clear that Tom did not have the same enthusiasm as before. Mark continued to banter and joke with the audience, but Tom always seemed rather distant. It was fun to see the one of the bands I grew up with once again, but it left a slightly bitter taste that it just wasn't the same.

When Blink 182 re-united in 2009, I thought that finally these guys had realized what made them so great is each other. Each is a great musician in his own right. However, as the actor Jeff Perry supposedly once said; "It was rare, it is rare, it shall always be rare for people to agree that what they can create together is greater than what they can create alone."