Early this week the drama that existed between the two factions of Blink-182 returned. After getting along for a couple of years, it appears that the rift is back between Tom DeLonge and his Blink mates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.
Monday morning a press release was distributed saying that Delonge had quit the band. Monday afternoon, Delonge released his own press release saying that he hadn't quit the band. Shortly after Delonge's announcement, Hoppus and Barker did an interview with Rolling Stone blasting the Blink guitarist.
"We always covered up for him before. It was always, 'We're going to record an album,' then 'Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal.' So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn't part of Blink-182," Barker said in the interview.
Hoppus continued on, saying, "We've done everything that we could to give Tom what he says he needs. It's been years of pushing back and I have to tell you: It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time."
Shortly after the interview was posted Delonge posted a tweet that was soon deleted. It said:
“A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis ... Don't pretend there isn't more to the story.”
So, while nothing's been made official about who's in and out of the band at the moment, the status of Blink is sketchy at best. Past the live performances that they've already committed to that will see Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio play with Hoppus and Barker, it doesn't sound like we'll hear more from the band in the immediate future. It does sound like some lawyers are about to be fairly busy.