Posted by TL on 28/01/15
Bassist/singer Mark Hoppus has given another interview, this one to altpress.com, explaining that Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba is only scheduled to play with Blink-182 at the upcoming Musink Festival and that nothing further is set in stone. He also explains the deleted tweet from Tom DeLonge, which mentioned previous discussions to have Blink's drummer Travis Barker replaced:
We got back from tour and Tom was having these calls where he was talking about “can we replace Travis, can we do whatever,” but it was really just Tom blowing off steam. There were a few days of calls where I listened to Tom, commiserated with Tom and, immediately afterwards, called up my manager and [said], “Tom’s upset right now, he’s talking about trying to replace Travis, but I’m not into it. That’s not going to happen.” And sure enough, Tom, after a month, called back up and was like, “Hey you know what? I was just angry about it. It was a bad situation, and of course I don’t want to kick Travis out of the band.” I don’t think Tom was ever truly serious about it.
Meanwhile, the now former Blink frontman Tom DeLonge has posted a longer account of his own perspective on facebook, explaining his view of things:
Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there’s a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that’s already in motion. So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn’t release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators... Many people.