In news which will shock fans, Blink 182 have split up only 5 years after re-uniting following a five year hiatus from 2004.
Although fans will undoubtedly remain hopeful that the veteran pop rockers will return again in the future, it seems that this time the end is a sure thing. According to bassist and singer Mark Hoppus, and Drummer Travis Barker, Guitarist and Singer Tom Delonge is “disrespectful and ungrateful”.
In a damning interview the stars followed the announcement of the band’s split last night with a statement citing the fact that Delonge had lost interest in the multi-million selling punk outfit as the reason. According to Hoppus, the band had booked to go into the studio to record their next album in January but received an email from Delonge’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.”
In what seems like a damning indictment of the fan favourite, Delonge broke his playful onstage persona by saying, “Tom. Is. Out.” A cruel jibe which echoes a similar email sent to the rest of the band in 2004 when Blink first went on Hiatus.
Travis Barker is even more damning in his criticism of the former lead singer in the interview in Rolling stone (see the original article here) in which he says that the band only ever got back together because “because [he] almost died”, a reference to a near fatal plane crash Barker was in. It appears that despite the band’s efforts to bury the hatchet that Delonge continued to be a difficult partner. Barker says that they always covered up for his difficulties in the past but that “it’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful.”
In a move which will surprise fans, Mark and Travis intend on continuing to write and play former Blink 182 hits though, he said that “Travis and I are intent on protecting the legacy of Blink-182 and continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past two decades: continue playing the songs.”
Although Delonge posted a statement on Instagram saying that he “never quit the band” He confirmed that “those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band.” The interviews with Mark and Travis postdated his statement and are being seen as a transparent look at what actually happened between them.