DeLongeGate: Hoppus & Barker v. DeLonge Act II


I blogged part of this late last night, but the story deserves more attention than it was initially given.


The news broke yesterday that Tom DeLonge was leaving blink-182, in an alleged statement from the band. At first, there was really just this tweet from Mark Hoppus.

There was also this poster from Travis Barker’s Musink festival.


That says “blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba” (of Alkaline Trio). Obviously people noticed this and realized something was up with Tom.

Then, Tom Instagrammed a strange photo…

All is well, right? Not right. Late last night, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker held a “tell-all” interview with Rolling Stone.

Here are some of my observations from this interview:

– It appears that this whole sequence is happening in the same exact manner their breakup (or as Mark puts it, “Tom’s hiatus) ten years ago.

– Tom, you’ve been friends with these guys your whole life, and you can’t pick up the phone and talk to them? Seriously man, grow a pair. I love you, but don’t use your manager as a liaison. Speak for yourself.

– “Tom is done for the foreseeable future”. That’s stated as if it’s up to him whether or not he gets back in or not. At this point, I’m not sure I’d want him back. He’s responsible for now the second internal controversy in this band. The only difference is that this time, Mark and Travis are carrying on without him.

– Even I could see the lack of enthusiasm about blink-182 from Tom. He NEVER has anything about blink-182 on his social media; it’s always Mark and Travis promoting the band.

– Travis is definitely more aggressive when he says this:

It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.

It’s actually pretty coincidental. I was thinking the same thing when the initial news broke (before this interview): they wouldn’t have gotten back together in the first place had Travis not almost died. And that’s pretty bad that Tom didn’t even listen to the mixes or mastering from Neighborhoods (which is what I assume he’s referring to).

– I do like that this time around, Mark and Travis want to continue playing Blink songs. Maybe they wanted to before, but they didn’t. Ten years have gone by and they’ve both broken 40. This is the music that made them who they are, and it’s heartwarming to know that they’re going to protect it.

– The press release that Tom questioned the legitimacy of on the Instagram post came directly from Mark and Travis.

– Once again, Tom’s the bad guy here. That’s not sarcasm, it’s the truth. I love that man to death, but he really f***ed this one up. Get your shit together man.

Early this morning, Tom tweeted (and quickly deleted) this:

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Is he referring to the Australian shows that Travis didn’t perform in because he still fears flying after he was almost killed in a plane crash? But he’s probably right. There is more to this story. But anything that comes of it probably won’t change anything.

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Sad face.

It looks like whatever plans they had to record an album in January have been put on hold. Again, uncertain whether or not Mark and Travis record an album as blink-182 (a lot of legalities will obviously be involved), or even what the future of this band is.

Don’t let the door hit your ass.