Tom DeLonge leaves Blink 182 *UPDATED*

Posted by TL on 26/01/15

Kroq is reporting that singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge has left Blink 182.

The remaining members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus have revealed that Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba will be replacing him, as the band plans to honour all scheduled concert commitments. The statement which follows was released from the band's publicist:

Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. “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 indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.

DeLonge has responded to the news with the following statement on his facebook:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in... Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ..... #Awkward #BabyBackRibs

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