Matt Skiba Responds to Tom DeLonge’s Open Letter: ‘Truly Happy’ for Blink-182

Skiba says he’s grateful for his seven years replacing DeLonge in the band
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Musicians Mark Hoppus, Matt Skiba and Travis Barker of Blink-182 backstage as Bethesda Softworks shows off new video game experiences at its E3 Showcase and BE3 Plus event at the LA Hangar in Los Angeles, ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14-16, on June 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Bethesda Softworks LLC)

In case you somehow missed the memo: Blink-182 is back. Tom DeLonge has returned for the reunion of the group’s classic lineup, including a forthcoming new album and worldwide tour through 2024. Though fans are elated, as seen in the surge of social media posts this past week, one person who has been quiet until now is Matt Skiba. The Alkaline Trio vocalist/guitarist had filled in for DeLonge for the past seven years while the latter pursued his outside interests (UFOs) and other projects (Angels & Airwaves).

On Friday, DeLonge shared an open letter to Skiba in which he expressed his gratitude for “keep[ing] the band alive and thriving in my absence,” and also admitted, “to be honest, the band would not even be here today if it were not for your ability to jump in and save the day.”

Though Skiba didn’t interact with DeLonge’s post, he shared a statement shortly thereafter that offered hearty congratulations to the trio (also including former bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker) for the reunion. Skiba’s post, in part, read, “I am truly grateful for my time with blink and I am truly happy you guys are a band and a family again.”

 

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Also on Friday, Blink-182 released its first song with DeLonge in over a decade. “Edging” sticks to its tried-and-true formula for pop-punk bangers. The group will embark on a reunion tour beginning in Mexico in March before heading to the States in early May, including a headline appearance at the When We Were Young festival.

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