With the 90s and early 00s experiencing one of its strongest renaissances yet, it’s only natural that Blink-182 would continue to revive its touring tendencies, as well as execute plans to record a new album. Unfortunately for members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge has announced plans to take a hiatus from the band “indefinitely” in order to pursue “non-musical interests” (a.k.a. masturbating).
Hoppus and Barker already seemed to take preventive measures (non-condom related) by enlisting Alkaline Trio singer and guitarist Matt Skiba for their headlining show at the MusInk Festival in Orange County. Things downslided from there after Hoppus and Barker received correspondence from DeLonge’s manager a week before the trio was slated to record for the new album stating that DeLonge no longer wanted to be a part of the band.
Conversely (and somewhat bizarrely), DeLonge appears more committed than ever to his post-Blink-182 band, Angels & Airwaves (which, let’s face it, is much shitter with the total emphasis on DeLonge’s vocals). Those hoping for a repair in the seeming rift between band members will be disappointed to know that, based on Hoppus and Barker deeming DeLonge “disrespectful and ungrateful,” it’s unlikely that a peaceable reunion is anywhere on the horizon. But at least we’ll always have the Blink-182 Manifesto.