Tom DeLonge Pens Blistering Letter After Blink-182 Bandmates Accuse Him of Quitting: "Our Relationship Got Poisoned"
The guitarist disputes some of what Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker said in a recent interview.
Guitarist Tom DeLonge is commenting on accusations his Blink-182 bandmates made against him in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker accused DeLonge of stringing them along and engaging in a pattern of flaky behavior for years, saying he all but quit the band. Their frustrations came to a head last month, when they say he abruptly backed out of recording new music.
In a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, DeLonge told his side of things. He previously stated Monday that he had not quit the band.
On Tuesday, he wrote he was upset by contract stipulations stating that a new Blink-182 album would need to be completed within six months, a timetable he said would not be possible given other contractual commitments he had. It originally also said he could not release another album for his side project Angels & Airwaves for nine months, though that provision was later dropped after he complained.
"The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we'd talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone's dressing room in a shitty casino," DeLonge wrote. "What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately."
He wrote that when the band went in to the studio to record, his other bandmates were not committed.
"Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn't mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time — no baggage. Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage," he wrote.
DeLonge went on to say he has no plans to quit the band, but he is frustrated by the current state of affairs.
"And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them," he wrote. "Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."
He will be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio at the 8th annual Musink tattoo convention and music festival. Skiba will also continue to make new music and tour with Alkaline Trio.