Blink-182 fans are likely playing I Miss You on a loop tonight, as guitarist and co-vocalist Tom DeLonge has announced he is leaving the pop-punk band "indefinitely".
His former bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, with whom he founded Blink-182 in 1992, said that "the show must go on" in a statement released by the band's publicist, KROQ reported.
The statement came after the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival in California announced that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would be filling in for DeLonge - sparking rumours that DeLonge had left.
Barker and Hoppus said they were "excited" that Skiba would stand in for DeLonge at the festival on 22 March in Orange County, California, and planned to "honor all Blink-182 commitments".
"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 indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors [sic]," the statement explained.
“No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans," the pair said.
Blink-182 through the years
Blink-182 through the years
Blink 182 perform at the Leeds Festival on 22 August 2014
Tom DeLonge has announced his departure from Blink-182
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Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, who headlined Reading and Leeds in August 2014
Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 pictured in 2011
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Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 perform live on the Main stage during the third and final day of Reading Festival on 29 August 2010 in Reading, England
Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge perform during the first show of the band's reunion tour at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 23 July 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus (L) and drummer Travis Barker perform during the first show of the band's reunion tour at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 23 July 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Blink 182 pose for photographs before 'MTV Icon 2004 - The Cure' at Old Billingsgate Market on 17 September 2004 in London
'Choice' Love Song' winners, Blink 182 speak on stage at The 2004 Teen Choice Awards held on 8 August 2004 at Universal Amphitheater, in Universal City, California
Blink 182 bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus arrive at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean : The Curse of the Black Pearl' on 28 June 2003 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Portrait of the Blink 182 group, lifeguard post, 2002
Blink-182 at KROQ's 12th Annual 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on 8 December 2001
Blink 182 win Best Group Video on 7 September 2000 at the MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
MTV's Carson Daly with Blink 182 on 'MTV 2 Large' on New Year's Eve in MTV's Times Square studios on 31 Decemeber 1999
Blink 182 (L-R original drummer Scott Raynor, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge) pose for a portrait in their dressing room at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, California on 8 October 1996
Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio, the statement added.
The band has not yet announced DeLonge's indefinite departure on social media, with the singer still listed as part of the lineup on its Facebook page.
But fans quickly took to Twitter to lament the change in the band's lineup, causing his name to trend.Reuse content