When founding guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 in 2015 to pursue different pursuits (together with changing into one of many world’s foremost UFO specialists), the band changed him with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Now that DeLonge is again in Blink, Skiba is getting the boot, very similar to Josh Klinghoffer when John Frusciante returned to Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers.
DeLonge despatched Skiba a non-public message thanking him for his work in Blink-182 and has now posted it on Instagram as a result of “it’s necessary for the world to know that I honor him.” Within the message, DeLonge cites Mark Hoppus’ most cancers battle as a consider his resolution to rejoin the band; it “actually put issues in perspective.”
The message reads as follows:
Tom DeLonge right here. I needed to take a minute and say thanks for all that you’ve executed to maintain the band thriving in my absence. I believe you might be enormously gifted (I nonetheless love and hearken to your band to at the present time). You might have at all times been so type to me, not solely within the press, but additionally to others. I actually observed. Feelings between the three of us in blink have at all times been sophisticated, however Mark’s most cancers actually put issues in perspective. However to be sincere, the band wouldn’t even be right here right now if it weren’t to your skill to leap in and save the day. So from my coronary heart to yours, thanks for being a member of our band. 🤘
The lead single from Blink’s upcoming album, “Edging,” is out tonight at midnight.