Blink-182 split with Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge has pulled out of Blink-182’s next show and left the band “indefinitely,” they’ve reported.

The punk pop star will be replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba at the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival in California on March 22. Blink are to headline the festival, which is run by their drummer Travis Barker, and appear alongside punk acts Bad Religion and Rancid.

A statement via the band’s publicist reports: “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 endeavours.

“Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honour 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.”

DeLonge last year said the band had started work on their seventh album.

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