Hang your Loserkids bunny flags at half mast: Tom DeLonge has quit Blink-182 after two decades of increasingly less catchy pop-punk songs about balls.
Remaining members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, who was the better singer anyway (Mark vs. Tom was once as heated as Backstreet Boys vs. NSYNC — the late 1990s were dumb), released a statement breaking the news this morning, explaining that “the show must go on.”
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason,” they wrote. “A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email 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.
“No hard feelings,” they added, “but the show must go on for our fans.” (Via)
And who will it go on with? Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, at least temporarily. No word on whether the band will permanently retire the greatest song in the history of music.