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UPDATED: Tom DeLonge To Sit Out Blink-182 Shows; Membership Of The Band In Question

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 26 January 2015 at 19.15

Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba looks set to take DeLonge's place for the time being.

UPDATED: 9.07pm GMT, January 26, 2015

Tom DeLonge seems as surprised as the rest us by the news circulating the internet that he's "quit" Blink-182. He's now taken to Instagram to post the following:

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Earlier this evening, Blink-182 were announced for the Travis Barker-presented Musink Festival in California, with one caveat: they're billed as 'Blink-182 with Matt Skiba'.

Since then, rumours have spread online that Tom DeLonge has quit the band more permanently, although nothing is clear at present. have posted a statement reported to be from the band's publicist, which reads as follows:

"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 indefinetly, 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."

However you take that statement, it looks like - for now at least - Tom DeLonge will not be operating with Blink-182.

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