Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has been filling in for Tom DeLonge on Blink-182’s recent gigs, and the band has apparently been talking about Skiba taking on the role permanently.
After tensions rose between the three original members of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge left the band he’d founded as a teen in California, and bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker quickly found his replacement in Matt Skiba, who’s played a few shows with the band. He even sat down with Alternative Nation, who published the interview today, and Skiba came clean about considering becoming a permanent member, recording an album, and even about his relationship with DeLonge. Unlike the rest of the band, it would appear he and DeLonge are on good terms, as he remained completely professional when asked about the former frontman. “I haven’t been in contact with Tom at all, but we have always been friends […] My role as replacing him in these shows is nothing personal […], it was nothing to spite Tom. Every experience I had with Tom was positive while touring with him in the past. So, there is no bad blood between us, or at least not from my end.”
When Skiba was questioned about his status in Blink-182, he quickly replied, “I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple of months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal.”
For the full interview, you can click HERE.
What do you think? Should Skiba become a permanent member of Blink?