Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has stepped in for Tom DeLonge
Alexandra Pollard
15:15 24th March 2015

It's never easy stepping into someone else's shoes - especially when those shoes belong to Blink-182's Tom DeLonge.

Dauntingly, that's exactly what Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba had to do when the band parted unceremoniously with DeLonge earlier this year. No doubt he was delighted to be a part of such a huge and enduring band, but some Blink's fans were less than welcoming.

Instead of letting the controversy get to them though, the band decided to embrace it - and sold T-shirts adorned with "Who the fuck is Matt Skiba?" at their first show together in LA.

 

@famousstarsandstraps @blink182 #whotheFuckismattskiba

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Unsurprisingly, the shirts sold out. Travis Barker told Billboard, "The bass player from Bad Religion was wearing one last night - it was great. And then the first night the singer of the Interrupters, Aimee [Allen], was wearing one. Everyone's been very supportive."

 

They're now on sale for the bargain price of $26 on Famous Stars And Straps' website.

Matt Skiba played his first gig with Blink-182 at LA's Roxy last week. British fans are eagerly anticipating the first batch of UK dates for the band.

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