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Tom DeLonge denies leaving Blink-182

Reports said he was to be replaced by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba

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Tom DeLonge has denied reports that he is quitting Blink-182.

The co-frontman of the pop punk trio had apparently left the band 'indefinitely', according to a statement. However, he has since taken to Instagram to deny the reports. "To all the fans, I never quit the band," he wrote. "I was actually on a phone call about a Blink-182 event for New York City when all these weird press releases started coming in."

He continues: "Apparently those reports were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional - yes. But, Christ. #Awkward".

Another statement was later issued via his agent, in which DeLonge commented: "I never quit the band... The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving."

The initial report said he would be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, who would play with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker at the band's next booked show at the Musink Music and Tattoo Festival on March 22 in Orange County, California, reported KROQ.

"We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason," read the statement from Hoppus and Barker. "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, but the show must go on for our fans." Skiba will still remain a member of Alkaline Trio.

The news came after DeLonge told NME at the end of last year that he and his bandmates had "solved the puzzle" of how to put out their seventh studio effort, the follow-up to 2011's 'Neighborhoods'.

"We've just started the conversation in the past couple of days of when/where and how to start recording," he said. "We've been kind of taking our time trying to figure out the best way to put the record out, you know. I think we just solved that puzzle a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think we have anything to prove. I think we have to just try and go into it and try to make the best album of our career and create a situation that’s really creative and conducive to that idea."

Last year DeLonge released a new album with his other band, Angels & Airwaves, 'The Dream Walker' after headlining Reading & Leeds with Blink-182 in the summer.
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