Recent Feud Between Blink-182 Results in Split

By: Lindsey Fafoglia, E23 Reporter

Pop punk band, Blink 182, recently announced a feud that has led to the bands split from vocalist Thomas DeLonge.

Wait, is it 2005 again?

It seems the popular 1990’s band has yet again returned to their typical charade; breaking up, getting back together and breaking up again. According to Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, the catalyst of the divide (as usual) is Tom DeLonge and his passive attitude towards making new music.

Hoppus recently commented on the situation in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink-182 back from what we all agree that we’re going to do: play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it.”

Blink 182 originated in 1992, when they formed in San Diego, California in DeLonge’s garage. Playing high school functions and begging for local gigs, Blink slowly gained popularity, until eventually catching the attention of radio DJ’s after releasing hit single, “Dammit,” in 1997. With the release of their third album, “Enema of the State” in 1999, they hit the charts, hard. DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker were immediately thrown into the threshold of stardom and all of its murky amusements.

The band thrived, at first, making music, touring, regularly appearing on MTV and being the biggest thing in punk music of the age. Although, once the mid 2000’s rolled around the band mates began to struggle with keeping their priorities aligned.

DeLonge had trouble with the spotlight and claimed he needed to spend more time with his family. He even became reluctant to record new music with Hoppus and Barker. The guitarist-vocalist began working on grittier, guitar driven music outside of Blink and this, oddly enough, was not good for the chemistry of the boys. In 2005 their management released a statement of Blink 182’s “indefinite hiatus.” The band’s heartbroken fans wouldn’t get to hear the energetic trio hash out their lighthearted punk music for the next three years.

In 2008, drummer Travis Barker survived a plane crash in which 4 others were killed and was left with both emotional and physical injuries. This signaled the regroup of Blink 182, after DeLonge decided he wanted the band’s success to live on.

This brings us to 2014. Blink has released an album, “Neighborhoods,” and has continued to tour festivals all over the globe since their regroup in ’08. But once again, DeLonge’s inability to commit to the band has resulted in another breakup of the punk legends.

Hoppus remarks that the recent timeline of events are similar to what ended Blink 182 ten years prior. “Why Blink even got back together is questionable,” Hoppus told Rolling Stone. Destroying any hope for fans that the three actually did want to start working together again in the first place.

MU student, Michael Tsvetanov, comments on the official end to his childhood icons.

“Blink was my favorite band growing up,” said Tsvetanov, “When I first heard ‘Enema of the State,’ I instantly fell in love with their sound. Tom, Mark and Travis will be greatly missed as the perfect collaboration that they were, Blink 182.”

The band is booked to play this March at the MusInk festival, with Matt Skiba from “Alkaline Trio,” in place of Tom DeLonge. Barker and Hoppus are excited to proceed with playing Blink’s music, and state that DeLonge is no longer part of the band, even if it was not by his individual choice.

So, whether that means DeLonge got the cut or made the executive decision to depart from his band of seventeen years, he seems to have moved on. DeLonge posted two song snippets to his Instagram on January 31st, with the hashtags #songswithoutahome and #march1st.

We hope that Blink 182 will rethink their decision, and bring back the original trio that once blasted from our portable CD players all through the 2000’s.