It appears that Tom DeLonge hasn’t quit pop-punk trio Blink-182 after all, even though bandmates
"I never quit the band," DeLonge said in a statement issued Monday following widespread reports on his status with the long-running San Diego group. "Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the 'news.' The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year."
Blink is slated to headline the closing day of the three-day MusInk Tattoo & Music Festival scheduled for March 20-22 at the Orange County Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, following Friday’s headliner Rancid and Saturday’s bill-topper Bad Religion. Other acts in line to play the eighth annual fest this year include Yelawolf,
In their statement, Barker, who has organized the event, and Hoppus said: "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 e-mail from his manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors."
The Costa Mesa show is billed as "Blink-182 w/Matt Skiba."