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Tom DeLonge on New Blink 182, Future with Band

By Radio.com Staff

Tom Delonge has released an official statement regarding his status with Blink 182, and his thoughts on his bandmates recording new music without him.

Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker together with new bandmate Matt Skiba recently premiered a new single “Bored To Death,” announced a new album California, and revealed plans for a massive summer tour with A Day To Remember.

Related: Tom DeLonge Recalls the Moment He Quit Blink-182

Delonge starts by acknowledging that it is an odd moment for Blink fans, and for him personally as well.

He goes on to talk about the creative differences within the group, but says that the band do have a future together, if they want it.

Blink 182 did not immediately respond, but the band did tweet, expressing “thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years.”

Read the full statement from Tom’s official Facebook page and see Blink’s post below.

Hi everybody-

I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know- It’s odd for me, too.

Well, I met with Mark yesterday, and Travis the week before…. I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now.

The answer is this:

We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things. I am directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music and digging deeper into my relationships with the US Government on the Sekret Machines Project.

I know people are comparing the Angels and Airwaves Chasing Shadows EP to the new Blink-182 music, and that is a failed task. For one, I think having a song-writer that came in on the Blink album (Feldy- 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte) was something they felt was necessary, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome. At the time, I was recording the song NEW WORLD (on the DEMOS album titled after my own name) and that was my personal opinion of where we could possibly take Blink for the next album. But we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it.

But that said, I obviously want them to make the music they wish. I have always been thankful for them in my life, but I am a forward thinking artist, and sometimes that leads me down a different path- That is why I have done other projects like: Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves- LOVE 1 & 2, AND The Dream Walker etc…

I look forward to my upcoming adventures, and a hell of a lot more…

….Maybe even a bit of Blink-182 if we can build back that “special something” that was once there.

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