For fans of tattoos and punk music (like yours truly), it really doesn’t get much better than SoCal spring staple Musink. The weekend-long festival will be returning to the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA on March 20th-22nd, and this morning, the festival’s impressive lineup of musical acts for 2015 was announced.
The bill includes genre heavyweights Bad Religion, Rancid, Yelawolf, OFF!, and Sick of It All, but what has sent the blogosphere into overdrive is the very surprising addition of Blink-182 with Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), who is reportedly filling in for Tom DeLonge.
Everyone and their mohawk-sporting mother is speculating as to what this means for the future of Blink-182. According to Radio.com, DeLonge is “indefinitely” out of the band, but Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker (who is presenting and curating Musink for the second year) will continue to perform music under the Blink-182 moniker, at least for this fest.
The following statement from Mark and Tom was reportedly sent to Radio.com by Blink-182’s publicist:
“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.”
I expect the band will release an official statement shortly, but until then, how do you feel about Blink-182 with Matt Skiba at Musink? Is it an excellent way for the project to wrap-up (if this is indeed the end)? Or should the band have cancelled their appearance? As a huge, um, fan of Matt Skiba I know it’ll be a killer set, but is Blink-182 really Blink-182 without Tom DeLonge? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Tickets for Musink go on sale to the public this Friday, January 30th.
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