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Blink-182 Set To Record With Matt Skiba

Blink-182 is ready to head into the studio -- and will be taking guitarist Matt Skiba with it.

Skiba, who's also part of the group Alkaline Trio, was recruited to replace Tom DeLonge for two club dates and the Musink Festival earlier this year after a schism between DeLonge and blink bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. Hoppus has now posted a note on Facebook saying "Travis, Matt and I are heading into the studio to continue writing songs in the next few days. There are already a couple of ideas working from before I left for the summer. Lots more to come in the future. It may take some time, but it begins now."

Hoppus offered no other details about a hoped-for timetable for new music; Blink-182's last album, Neighborhoods, came out in 2011. Skiba tells us that despite the rancor over DeLonge's departure from Blink-182 he has no problems coming in to fill the guitar slot:

Blink-182 Set To Record With Matt Skiba

"He left the band..I don't want to speak for anyone, but the story I got is he left the band and I was asked to fill in, so that's what I did. But it's in no way personal, and I certainly hope he doesn't have any, I hope there aren't any hard feelings...I've known the blink guys for 15-some odd years, so we were already friends, but we'd never played music together, and then it really clicked...I'm sure there's some disgruntled fans, but it seems the majority of people were really impressed with what we put together."


DeLonge is focusing on his own endeavors with his band Angels & Airwaves and has collaborated with author Suzanne Young on a science fiction novel, Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares, due out October 6.





Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.