Tom DeLonge, formerly of Blink-182, will release a solo album on April 21st entitled To The Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends. The project will feature old and new material from the guitarist’s personal stash, and it will be made available in CD or vinyl format. Three songs will be dropped before the release date, and the first song will drop on March 9th. The second and third song will drop on March 23rd and April 6th. To The Stars…Demos, Odds and Ends’ track listing will be revealed on March 16th. The rocker will also offer pre-sale deals and bundles, which include deluxe versions of the album and merchandise. Fans can visit DeLonge’s website for all the information regarding his new album.
Blink-182 announced the guitarist was replaced with Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, and they will perform at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival on March 22th. The band did not reveal if Skiba is the permanent replacement for DeLonge. The turmoil amongst DeLonge and his band members, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, started when DeLonge reneged on plans to record a new Blink-182 album this year. Hoppus told Rolling Stone that the band was supposed to go into the recording studio on January 5th, but DeLonge had his manager send his bandmates an e-mail detailing he wasn’t coming to the studio.
“On December 30th, we get an email from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely,” Hoppos revealed to Rolling Stone magazine. On the other hand, DeLonge responded by saying the band expected him to drop all of his commitments and record an album. “I told my manager that I will do Blink-182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family,” the guitarist wrote on his Facebook page.
In their heyday, Blink-182 was one of the most successful punk rock bands of their era. They released several studio albums including Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, and Blink-182. Enema of the State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket were both certified Diamond, after selling over ten million copies each. Overall, Blink-182 has sold over thirty-five million albums worldwide.
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