Tom DeLonge insists he has tried with Blink-182

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 January 2015

This article is from 2015.

Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge insists he has "tried to make things work" with his Blink-182 bandmates and couldn't commit to recording with them because of his other commitments

Tom DeLonge insists he has "tried to make things work" with his Blink-182 bandmates.

The 'All the Small Things' singer denied this week he had quit the band after Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus issued a statement saying he had left indefinitely, and after the pair against stressed he was no longer a part of the trio, Tom has spoken out to insist he has done as much as possible to ease the tension between them.

He wrote on Facebook: "I've tried to make things work. I've tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don't even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I'm not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I'm not wired that way."

Mark and Travis had claimed Tom had refused to join them in the recording studio to work on a new album but the singer says he was put in a difficult situation because of Blink-182's record contract difficulty and commitments to some of his other projects.

He said: "Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there's a lot more coming.

"All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form - I can't just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger."


American pop punk masters who, despite the juvenile approach, have become elder statesmen of the scene, helping many a now grown-up musician through the teenage years. Now featuring Matt Skiba after Tom DeLonge's departure.

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Wed 12 Jul

£43.45 / 0844 477 9000

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Fri 7 Jul

£33.35–£51.50 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Mon 17 Jul

£32.45–£50.60 / 0844 576 3000

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