Everything seemed quiet on the blink-182 front today until more words were spilled late in the day. Mark Hoppus took part in an interview with Alternative Press and seemed to clarify that the band will be moving forward without Tom Delonge. Whether that means Matt Skiba will serve as a long-term replacement remains to be seen. You can read a clip of the interview below:
The thing is we’ve tried to get Tom to engage [in Blink activity], and everything has been a very, very difficult struggle to get anything done with Blink for the last two years. Everything from getting a label deal done to even playing shows, and trying to get Tom into a studio. We’ve been trying that for the past two years. The ideal situation was two years ago when we said we were going to go into a studio and get working and it never happened. I think those days and that wishful thinking are gone.
Also this evening, Delonge posted a long explanation of his side of the story to his Facebook page. Below is an excerpt:
And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.
Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.
The past two days have been revealing in many ways, but also painful for the band and their fans. Coming later this week, we’ll talk about this week’s events on the official It’s All Dead Podcast and reflect on our favorite blink-182 songs, albums and moments.
Posted by Kiel Hauck