My Teenage Self Is Far Too Invested In This Blink-182 Drama

Because I have all the maturity of a teenage boy, when news broke (insofar as news can “break” about a band far past its prime, anyways) yesterday that all was not well in the Blink-182 universe, I put my Vans on and strapped in for some quality Warped Tour gossip, and girl let me tell you, it DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT.

It all started Monday, when Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker (who is no longer married to former Miss New York, Shanna Moakler) released a statement that Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio would be replacing guitarist Tom DeLonge at Blink’s appearance at the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. Through a statement that they swore bore “no hard feelings,” even though the entire thing was one giant rocky feelings salad, Hoppus and Barker explained DeLonge’s “indefinite” absence:

“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…No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

Say it ain’t so, Tom will not go, shut the lights off, carry Tom home. Anyways! DeLonge responded, as adults do, on Instagram, with a photo of an old man in a cheap “Tron” costume, alongside the following caption:

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

Ooh yeah girl, run that game. But Travis and Mark (let’s take a brief pause to decide here, by the way, if you are a Mark girl or a Tom girl, sike, trick question, the correct answer is always Travis [Sorry, disagree, I’m a Tom girl. Only guy to look sexy with a lip ring. — Amelia]), would not let sleeping Toms lie. Especially when they were lying on Instagram to the fans. They took to Rolling Stone today, to give an even more stern interview. Says Hoppus:

“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 and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the 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 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.

Barker minced no words in making it absolutely clear that not only was DeLonge’s dismissal from the band his own doing, but that their last reunion wasn’t for the music — it was out of the kindness of Barker’s near-death experience-addled heart.

“It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”

Damn. While the band goes on to tell Rolling Stone that while DeLonge may want to be out, there are still legalities surrounding whether the show can even go on as Blink-182 without him. Either way, I’ll never forget that I was the girl who fell in love with them at the Warped Tour. And now it’s all very awkward, and very baby back ribs, indeed.

[Rolling Stone]

[LA Times]

[Image via Getty]