The Blink-182 split has already gotten uglier. As previously reported, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker revealed on Monday (January 26th) that they intended to perform live without singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, telling Rolling Stone that DeLonge had “indefinitely” removed himself from all Blink activities for the foreseeable future. DeLonge countered via social media that he had not “quit” the trio, although his former bandmates claimed otherwise, calling DeLonge “disrespectful” and “ungrateful.”
DeLonge fired back on Tuesday (January 27th), claiming in a since-deleted blog post, “A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis . . . Don’t pretend there isn’t more to this story.”
DeLonge later posted a lengthy “letter to the fans” in which he went into detail about his side of the story, saying that he tried to get the band members on the same page at a “summit” in Utah, but that “we still somehow managed to self-sabotage,” adding, “We’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.”
DeLonge also wrote that due to his various other commitments, “I told my manager that I will do Blink-182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family. But Mark and Travis know all of this.”
DeLonge concluded by saying that he was “sad” that the fans were “witnessing this immaturity,” adding that his bandmates’ “current actions are defensive and divisive.” He finished by saying that their “relationship got poisoned yesterday . . . never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.”
Neither Hoppus nor Barker have commented on DeLonge’s remarks.
We asked DeLonge a while back if it was difficult to switch between projects all the time:
“Yeah, and it’s really frustrating ’cause as soon as I get really into doing one thing, I’ve got to switch to the other, you know. But I think I’ve always worked well that way. I remember when I was a kid, I used to move all my furniture around in my bedroom every single week ’cause I couldn’t stand, you know, normalcy (laughs). So I think that it’s good for me to keep switching gears. I seem to operate okay that way.”
His other band, Angels & Airwaves, released a new record in December called The Dream Walker, a concept album that’s the first part of a multi-media presentation that also includes a short animated film, comic books, novels and eventually a feature film.
Hoppus and Barker have recruited Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge at the MusInk Festival next month and say they plan to continue performing and recording Blink-182 music.