There’s big news going around today that a founding member of punk band Blink 182…
…has quit the band for good!
The man in the middle there is Tom DeLonge and I’m hearing so many different stories regarding his split from the band that put him on the map. To the right of him is Mark Hoppus and to the left is of course one of the most celebrated drummers in the world: Travis Barker.
Blink-182 was a band that really forged the way for Punk music to be popular and widely accepted & enjoyed. The band was formed in Poway, California in 1992 and went on to more than 35 million albums worldwide!
Everyone knows them for their famous hit “All The Small Things”:
The news of Tom’s departure comes as a surprise to many including his two bandmates!
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mark Hoppus said: “We booked Jan. 5 to go into the studio. On Dec. 30, 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.”
I’d be upset to hear that a band member was disinterested in making music in the studio just less than a week before we were set to go in and record! What a bummer!!!
Tom is being painted as “flaky” by his bandmates, but we mustn’t forget that there are two sides to every story.
In an post to Facebook, Tom said: “…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.”
An email through your manager seems very impersonal to me and that is perhaps what is upsetting to Blink’s fans the most, second to his departure of course. Their communication is strained and Tom even referred to them as “dysfunctional”.
Travis Barker claims that the band only reunited for its 2011 album “Neighborhoods” because of his plane crash: “When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”
Those must be some hurtful words to hear for Tom. I can remember that day like yesterday when I heard about Travis’ plane crash. It happened just before midnight on September 19th, 2008 and resulted in Travis surviving with severe burn wounds, but his friend known as “DJ AM” didn’t make it through recovery.
He will always be missed!
As for the future of Blink-182 in 2015, Mark and Travis are going to play Musink Festival in Costa Mesa, California with Alkaline Trio guitarist/singer Matt Skiba replacing Tom!
Blink-182 wants to keep their name and keep doing music so I’m going to support them even in Tom’s absence. Perhaps Matt Skiba can lend his voice/guitar to the new recordings and to the live shows.
Well, Tom…it’s sad to see you go, but the show must go on!