BlinkGate 2015 – The Story So Far

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Here is a rundown of all the statements and responses made up to this point. This post will be updated as more news comes in.

Statement from the band says Tom DeLonge will be leaving blink-182 indefinitely


Tom DeLonge Responds by saying he never quit the band


Tom: “I love blink-182 and I’m not leaving” #hugging


Mark cancels KROQ Interview with Stryker


Mark and Travis Call out Tom in Interview with Rolling Stone


Tom tweets saying they debated kicking out Travis, then deletes it minutes later


Mark holds an interview with AlternativePress clearing up some points


Tom Responds with a lengthy letter to fans telling his side of the story


blink-182 begin rehearsing with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio


Tom DeLonge Posts Unreleased Clips of blink-182 Songs


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Mark Interview with Alt Press

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Mark spoke to Alternative Press

We should make it clear that Matt Skiba will be playing with you and Travis for the Musink show only on March 22. Everything after that is a question mark.
MARK HOPPUS: After that, we don’t know. We haven’t played a show with Matt yet, so it’s too soon to really say what goes beyond on that. We’re very optimistic and excited about the possibilities of continuing with Matt in some way. He’s a good friend, a great guitarist, a great singer. He has a really positive attitude. I think we’ve been friends for, what, 15 years? We don’t have anything booked beyond that, but we are hopeful and excited.

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Tom DeLonge issues a Letter to the Fans

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Tom DeLonge

Tom took to Facebook to post a letter outlining his side of blink-182 story. 


Where to begin?

The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.

I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.

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Tom posts tweet about parting with Travis – deletes it quickly

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Tom took to twitter with some venom and posted a tweet stating that Mark and Tom had talked a year ago about parting ways with Travis, he then deleted it quickly, but not before people took screenshots.


Rolling Stone: Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker Blast ‘Ungrateful’ Tom DeLonge; “Tom.Is.Out”

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From RollingStone:

Earlier today, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Braker released a statement noting that founding member Tom DeLonge had “indefinitely” left the band and that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would replace DeLonge for the band’s upcoming set at Musink Festival. DeLonge countered shortly after, posting on his Instagram, “I never quit the band,” calling the press release “weird” and questioning its legitimacy. In an exclusive, candid interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker set the record straight on Blink’s inner turmoils, album delays and ongoing frustrations.

There seems to be a disconnect between your statement saying Tom left the band and Tom saying that he didn’t quit. Who’s right?
Hoppus: That’s all true [Laughs]. I’ll walk you through the past two years of Blink-182 history: For the past two years, we’ve been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, “No problem.” At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal. On Christmas Eve, all three people signed the record deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don’t think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything’s been moving positively.

We’re booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely. There’s a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, “Tom. Is. Out.” Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.

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Mark Hoppus No Longer to go on KROQ to discuss Statement

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 Mark Hoppus was originally scheduled to be on KROQ to discuss the statement released by the band saying Tom DeLonge was leaving blink-182.

From @TedStryker:

I’ll be getting the Blink-182 scoop from @markhoppus at 4:10pm. – @kroq
Talking Tom DeLonge and @travisbarker

This tweet was later deleted and Stryker tweeted this:

Sorry everyone…out of my control, i cannot talk to Mark now. It’s my fault. not @MarkHoppus fault.

Some strange things going on in blink land and there appears to be a lot more to this story. Follow us on twitter @182online and we’ll keep you updated.