What a flipping rollercoaster the last 24 hours have been for Blink-182 and their fans. Here's how you reacted.
As you're probably aware by now, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge - or should we say his management - announced in a very 2005 fashion that "He [Tom] didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”
The news came off the back of Blink's surprise billing as 'Blink-182 with Matt Skiba' at the Musink Tattoo And Music Convention in California. The internet exploded, Tom said he "never quit the band", then Travis and Mark gave a warts-and-all interview with Rolling Stone explaining their side of the story. This morning, our Digital Editor took a look at the fallout in this blog. Are you caught up yet? Good.
Given all the hullaballoo, it's understandable that there have been a range of emotions scattered across the internet ether.
Some peope are heartbroken.
IF BLINK 182 BROKE UP TODAY, ON MY BIRTHDAY OF ALL THE DAYS I WOULD PROBABLY JUST CRY EVERY YEAR HOLY CRAP— Karim (@KarimAbridged) January 26, 2015
No I dont hate you, don't wanna fight you, you know I'll always love you but right now I just don't like you pic.twitter.com/1CEsfi9Fxh— blink-182 fans (@blink182__fans) January 27, 2015
how I feel about Tom DeLonge leaving blink182 pic.twitter.com/u9wXsHFWEU— ☾ jess ☽ (@jessieomgz) January 26, 2015
I thought nothing else could go wrong and then tom quit blink 182 that's tight— yung asparagus (@Giroux182) January 26, 2015
tom's out of blink-182 why am i even here— pauline (@sandyfaced) January 27, 2015
If I cry in school today then just don't ask me if I'm ok I will most likely be upset bc of blink 182— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@jordanhelders) January 27, 2015
blink 182, whyyyyyyyyyy????????????????????????— DALLON BABE (@chzkafckngdaryl) January 27, 2015
Blink 182 really just needs to kiss and make up :( all the posts make me sad— Erica (@Charmanerd) January 27, 2015
Tom Delonge has left Blink 182? I literally may cry.. #emotionalscenes— Liam Scott (@noggin1908) January 27, 2015
tom delonge has quit blink 182 pic.twitter.com/cWXr0Qo7qs— chickity china (@dannyjpg) January 26, 2015
@blink182__fans same I'm lost without you is making me sob on the bus— Skylar Jones (@Skylar_J) January 27, 2015
Oh noo, Blink 182. Ugh. ������— Elisaaaa ツ (@OhDamn_itsElisa) January 27, 2015
Others revelled in Tom's apparent exit from the band.
OHHHH SHIEEET TOM DELONGE IS OUT OF BLINK-182. GOOD FUCKING RIDDANCE— The Credible Hulk (@HarisBRosli) January 27, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: Tom DeLonge has quit Blink-182. In other news, Blink-182 just got 33% better.— Morgan Miller (@MrMorganMiller) January 26, 2015
@tomdelonge your guitar ability is questionable, your voice is dreadful live, and you've always been my least favourite. Good riddance— Matt Ball (@ardmattb64) January 27, 2015
Wow that really put things in perspective. Find someone who actually wants to play for Blink. Tom DeLonge is ungrateful. I'm glad he's done.— Alex (not Gaskarth) (@strate2dvd) January 27, 2015
I'm glad we can all stop pretending to like Tom DeLonge now. Hopefully we can see some new stuff from @blink182 now!— Kevin Dotson (@kevindotson93) January 27, 2015
I hope the next @blink182 album is their greatest one they've ever done and Tom Delonge cries to sleep every night.— wjd (@wilfredojdiaz) January 27, 2015
Some of you literally couldn't give a monkey's.
Tom Delonge quits Blink-182. Next you're gonna tell me Britney and Justin are breaking up? #TweetsFrom1999— rayne. (@rayne) January 26, 2015
Can we not just leave Blink-182 in the 2000's where they belong #comeonnow— Sophie Jamieson (@_zosoph) January 27, 2015
who still gives a fuck about blink-182 or Tom DeLonge? ��— - (@JOELH0LMES) January 27, 2015
Would be gutted about Tom leaving Blink182 but in all honesty they're a bit shit once you're no longer 15.— Fly in the Ointment (@A_Sian_Inside) January 27, 2015
And, of course, there's been some great Blink-inspired punnery. Because internet.
c'mon Blink-182, stay together for the kids.— Grace. (@GracieActually) January 27, 2015
And in that moment I swear Tom DeLonge is now Tom DeGone. And that he won't join to stay together for the kids anymore.— Janna (@ImJanna_B) January 27, 2015
Hey Blink 182, what's your age again? Can't you just stay together for the kids? http://t.co/cmgWKlCS7y— frostandfurious (@Nick_Frost) January 27, 2015
Tom Delonge Left Blink 182, acted about 5 in how he left, guess he's asking 'whats my age again'...— Simba // 3 days (@TonysTurtles) January 26, 2015
So many "Why DeLonge Face" tweets.
Mark: "Why DeLonge face?" Tom: "Seriously, one more time and I leave" Mark: "..." Tom: "Don't" Mark: "Why De.." Tom: *slams door* #Blink182— Michael Vaughan (@Mike_Vaughan) January 26, 2015
Laying in bed sad about Blink-182's breakup and my brother comes in to ask "Why DeLonge face?" ��— S͟͟αr͟͟αh͟͟❤️ (@SarahhLee_12) January 27, 2015
If anyone makes a "why DeLonge face" joke at me today, know this; I will be very cross.— Reece Grogan (@reeeecee) January 26, 2015
Oh, SO many.
i'm waiting for one of my friends to post a status about it so i can comment 'why delonge face?'— ♀martha♀ (@hxlleIujah) January 26, 2015
if you see a sad pop punk kid today, say "why delonge face?"— yeahsometimes (@yeahsometimes) January 26, 2015
the fact that Tom DeLonge is trending on twitter shows how much they influenced an entire generation #blink182— Ryan Kelly-Reno (@rkellyreno) January 27, 2015
Meanwhile, quite a few people have already been praising the arrival of Matt Skiba...
Sooo stoked on blink 182 + matt skiba! Gonna be sickkkkkk— Sam Miguel (@SamBates3) January 27, 2015
It must take all of 30 minutes for Matt Skiba to get caught up on @blink182 's guitar riffs.— Michael DeJesus (@michaeltdejesus) January 27, 2015
I'm sad that Tom Delonge has left Blink 182, but they'll be much better off with Matt Skiba. They'll be a lot darker, which is awesome.— Jonny Naylor (@JonnyNaylor) January 27, 2015
Imagine how much better Blink 182 albums would have been with Matt Skiba instead of Tom Delonge?!— Travis Reilly (@TravisReilly) January 26, 2015
@ThisIsChucker never liked tom. Too bad Matt Skiba isn't permanent.. he's infinitely better than tom.— Fes (@fesnard) January 27, 2015
Matt Skiba is infinitely better than Tom Delonge so yknow— Oliver Parker (@broliverparker) January 26, 2015
...while others are just kinda getting on with their lives.
Glad Tom De Longe has left Blink 182 (last album was horrendous) so he can focus on AVA #unpopularopinion— Sinky (@Sinky_2707) January 27, 2015
If blink-182 really did break up, it might be for the best. It feels like they've been forcing it for years.. all the best to all 3 members— Shabrina Nurfitriani (@ShabrinaN) January 27, 2015
As a huge Blink-182 fan I honestly think it's about time Tom Delonge leaves. Neighborhoods was garbage. Oh, and good luck on AVA #uneedit— Andrea (@bbydreisqueen) January 26, 2015
I'm so gutted that Tom left blink.....wait! I don't even like blink 182!..... Good luck to Tom tho with all his future endeavors.— 1708 (@ashes_to_angeIs) January 26, 2015
So Tom Delonge quit Blink 182. It's his decision so I won't question it but it really is the end of an era. Good luck in the future Tom.— Chelsea Martin (@infinityonpie) January 26, 2015
There's been some predictable speculation (crossing over with that other big news story of the week).
Danny leaves Asking Alexandria, Tom leaves Blink 182. Tom Delonge confirmed as new Asking Alexandria vocalist.— Kier (@About69Geese) January 27, 2015
Tom Delonge left Blink 182 to join Asking Alexandria— - (@dr3am_b3ing) January 26, 2015
ever since Riff Raff got announced for warped Asking Alexandria and Blink 182 lost their vocalist, can you say illuminati— ryan ⚒ (@bxrrier) January 27, 2015
Now, before we go, Riff-Raff, c'mon now buddy. You can't be in both Asking Alexandria and Blink-182. That's just greedy.
OK i SHOULD BE THE NEW LEAD SiNGER FOR @BLiNK182 SOMEONE START THE PETiTiON— JODY HiGHROLLER (@JODYHiGHROLLER) January 27, 2015
Oh, and credit must be given to JFC for creating this little nugget of web gold: http://istomstillinblink182.com/
Well done, internet. You did good today.