Matt Skiba Doesn’t Think Tom DeLonge’s Return To Blink-182 Was ‘A Stab In The Back’

Blink-182‘s recent announcement of their upcoming album and tour featuring the original trio excited longtime fans who had been pushing for a reunion. This decision came with a hefty price tag as it meant the end of the road for longtime Tom DeLonge replacement Matt Skiba. In a recent interview with Vulture, Skiba shared that departing from the band was not ugly as they are friends first before anything else.

“So I found out on Tuesday is the short answer,” said Skiba before explaining how he wasn’t all that surprised when he heard the news. “People were trying to get in touch with me. Mark was diagnosed with lymphoma almost in tandem with COVID. So Mark and I would talk, but we weren’t talking about the band. We were friends before we were a band. Mark’s health and friendship are far beyond what the band is to me. So we just were talking. I don’t remember the exact time frame, but Mark said they were talking to Tom and starting to work on things.”

After the news spread that DeLonge was back, rumors started circulating about Skiba being backstabbed by the band. In the conversation, the guitarist said, “So it didn’t come as any — it was just as far as the actual information dropping, and the schedule of everything was revealed to me when it was to everyone else, but I knew it was coming. It wasn’t this huge surprise, nor was it a stab in the back or anything.”

Matt continued, “Those guys, we were friends — including Tom. Tom has been a friend and a fan of my band for many years. Long before I started playing with Blink, Alkaline Trio was out on tour opening for Blink. And Tom had, if not everything to do with it, a lot to do with that. So we’ve always been buddies. We haven’t talked in recent years. What’s happened between Tom and his bandmates is between them. As a fan of the band, I am genuinely glad that they’re a family again.”

To stop the rumors about the situation, the guitarist shared his appreciation of Blink-182 for enabling him to be a part of their history. Skiba stated, “I’m honored to have been asked to fill in for Tom or to join the band or however you want to phrase it. I’m proud of the work that I did with them. We had a great time. I was talking to Mark this morning about the new Cormac McCarthy book. There’s no bad blood; there’s no drama; there’s no nothing.”

He added, “It’s just the next chapter in the band’s life. And anyone, whether it’s my dad getting sick or Mark getting sick, it sharpens your appreciation for those people in your lives, no matter how dinged up it can get. It’s like, it can always be ironed out. I’m nothing but thankful for my time with the band and to be sitting here having this conversation with you about it.”

The new album also surprised the guitarist, but he still felt excited as a fan. Matt Skiba admitted, “There’s just a lot that I don’t know about the record. I saw the tour dates and everything. I saw the teaser video, which I thought was cute and funny. And it seems like it’s going to be huge. It looks like people are really psyched about it, and I’m one of those people too.”

Blink-182 recently dropped their first single, ‘Edging,’ for their forthcoming album, which is still in the works. They also announced their extensive tour spanning the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as their Latin American debut.

You can watch the official video of ‘Edging’ below.