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Guitarist Tom DeLonge has clarified his status with Blink-182, saying that he in fact has not quit the band.
“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?,” Delonge wrote in a note on his Facebook page.
Earlier Monday, the remaining members of the band, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, released a statement Monday, saying, “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 into 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, nonmusical endeavors.”
The statement continued, “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”
Tom 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.
DeLonge co-founded Blink-182 with Hoppus in 1992.
2:17 pm Jan. 26 Updated story and headline with a Facebook post
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