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​Delonge Ditches Blink

Lisa Sanchez
​ Today, January 26, 2015, marks a confusing, strange day for punk history. Blink-182 have released a statement that Tom Delonge (vocals/guitar) will not be involved with the band for the foreseeable future. The actual press release can be read below:
Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom 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.” Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.  “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.” Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
What makes this situation even weirder is when news broke of Delonge's exodus from the band, the singer was apparently the last one to know. He posted this as a Facebook status denying that he left the band. Delonge goes on to sheepishly admit that, yes, the band is dysfunctional, but he still seems surprised by the remaining band member's press release. Or, maybe Delonge has decided to devote his time to being a full-time crazy person complete with tinfoil hat and this-is-all-a-ruse-orchestrated-by-alien-overlords-to-steal-his-squelching-pubescent-boy-singing-voice paranoia. The world may never know.
The information for the Musink Festival has already been changed to include Skiba on the bill. Even though he is currently acting as a replacement for Delonge, Skiba and Alkaline Trio are set to play their Past Live tour at the Grog Shop in Cleveland May 2-5 this upcoming Spring. Perhaps Blink-182 and Delonge can reconcile by then, or at least come to some sort of working agreement about the band. If not, one of my wildest girlish fantasies will have come true: Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio form a super group where they all only use their instruments to cover their nether regions. I call this band: Blinkaline Quintet.