Tom DeLonge denies he quit Blink 182
Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 performs at a show at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 16 , 2011. (SIRA CHAYER / QMI AGENCY)
Blink 182 might be the most dysfunctional band around.
The punk trio confused fans on Monday with conflicting reports that guitarist Tom DeLonge had left the band.
In a statement, band members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker announced Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio would replace 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 indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors,” said the statement.
DeLonge took to his Instagram to dispel the rumour – and confuse everyone.
“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,” he said.
He ended his post by saying what everyone else was thinking.
“Are we dysfunctional – yes,” he said.