Posted May 27th, 2015 (11:58 am) by Addie Provost

It came out earlier this year that Blink-182 was on the brink of a break up but, according to two thirds of the pop punk trio, it shouldn't be a messy affair.

"Tom. Is. Out."

These are the exact words sent by founding member Tom Delonge's management team in an e-mail to fellow Blink-182 bandmates, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, a week before they were due to hit the studio and record their next album. Tension had been rising since the band split with Interscope in 2012. Delonge insisted that the band needed a label in order to move forward (Hoppus received many lengthy e-mails from Delonge written in all caps with "WE NEED A LABEL" in the subject line), but even after they signed with a new label in December Delonge still managed to wiggle his way out of the band before the new year.

By this time, Hoppus and Barker had had enough and stated that they were sick of making excuses for their bandmate. “We always covered up for him before,” says Barker. “It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it.”

Initially, it looked like the fall out was going to be chaotic. When band's break up, lawyers and attorneys become necessities in deciding who the music belongs to and who's allowed to continue performing it and making money off of it. However, in a Das Process podcast interview, Hoppus remained optimistic that it wouldn't come to that. “We are right now going through what so far has been a friendly divorce with our former guitarist,” he noted. “Hopefully things clear up and it doesn’t get all managery and lawyery and all that and we can move forward.”

And move forward they will. Delonge has his own solo material to ride off into the sunset with (check out the video for his single, "New World," above), and Blink-182 continues to play their classics to adoring fans with their new touring singer, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio.

Skiba is hopeful that he will concrete his place in the band by getting into the studio with Barker and Hoppus once their tour cycle comes to an end. “I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed,” Skiba stated in an interview in late April. “Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.”

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