Punk band Blink 182 is inching towards “a friendly divorce” towards former member Tom Delonge following a very public split earlier in the year.
Bassist Mark Hoppus sat down with Das Process to explain the amicable solution between the two camps.
“We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist,” he said.
“Hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all manager-y and lawyer-y and all that and we can move forward.” Delonge “indefinitely” left the band in late January after refusing to record material with the group.
Though he clarified that his exit isn’t permanent, the rest of the band took matters into their own hands and officially announced his departure.
“There are legalities involved with this,” Hoppus explained to Rolling Stone , which hinders the band from moving forward with future plans.
Drummer Travis Barker, meanwhile, thinks that their estranged member should just “man up and quit.” Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba who is currently filling in for Delonge has expressed his interest in recording an album with Blink 182.
“I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed,” Skiba revealed in an interview with Alternative Nation .
“It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends.” The 39 year-old musician explained his current status with the band, revealing it’s “too soon” to declare his permanent membership.
“I think it’s too soon to know,” he revealed.
If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal,” he added, saying “we shall see.” Skiba also touched on his current relationship with Delonge.
“No, I haven’t been in contact with Tom at all, but we have always been friends and had a good relationship,” he shared.
“My role as replacing him in these shows is nothing personal.” Since his departure from Blink 182, Delonge has launched his solo album “To the Stars…Demos, Odds and Ends.”