Blink-182 couldn’t seem to take their own advice from “Stay Together for the Kids,” but at least they’re learning to play nice with one another.
Bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus recently told Das Process that the band is going through a “friendly divorce” with former guitarist and vocalist Tom Delonge, following a heated public split in January. “Hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all manager-y and lawyer-y and all that and we can move forward,” Hoppus said.
The conflict first arose when Delonge left the band “indefinitely” to pursue other, non-musical projects. Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker expressed their frustrations in a Rolling Stone interview, with Hoppus calling his former bandmate “ungrateful” and “disingenuous” and Barker later telling Alternative Nation that he should “man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit.”
Now the split is official, and the band is moving forward with Alkaline Trio singer and guitarist Matt Skiba. The new trio played a pair of club shows and California’s Musink Festival in March, but nothing is official with the current lineup, as Skiba is touring with Alkaline Trio this summer while Blink-182 settle their legal issues.
Still, all three band members are open to continue working together in the future, which may even include a new album. “It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about 15 years, and we’ve become good friends,” Skiba told Alternative Nation. “Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”
Hoppus shares the guitarist’s excitement. “We’re starting not from square one, it’s exciting to think that we’re going to move forward,” he told Das Process. “And it’s a little scary to think that we’re going to move forward and sound a little bit different, but also exciting in the same way.”