'Hopeful to do more stuff in the future'
Peter Kandunias

11:19 18th April 2015

Matt Skiba, member of Alkaline Trio, has now discussed his current role in Blink-182, saying that he and the rest of the band are “hopeful to do more stuff in the future.”

After Tom DeLonge’s departure from the band, Skiba joined the group as a live member, recently playing a few shows with the band in California last month. Skiba has chatted to Billboard about his role in the bad, saying: “here's a lot of things that have to happen before we can make any solid plans or any solid statements. I don't really know what the status is, but we are hopeful to do more stuff in the future. How soon that's going to be, I don't know.”

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Skiba also went on to say that he thinks highly of Tom DeLonge, and clarified: “Tom and I have always been very friendly. We've toured with Blink several times over the years, and Tom and I have always been friends. I'd like to think that we still are. I haven't spoken to him since this whole thing went down, but it's in no way personal. he story I got is he left the band and I was asked to fill in, so that's what I did. I hope there aren't any hard feelings. I didn't go up there and try and do what Tom did; they billed it as Blink-182 with Matt Skiba, so I went up there and did Matt Skiba."

DeLonge has shown no signs of slowing down despite leaving the group. He has revealed that he plans to release four album this year alone and also wishes to publish fifteen novels.


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