The line up for the 8th annual Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival in March at the OC Fair & Event Center was revealed overnight, and the main talking point was the billing of Blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio).
In a statement from Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker (who has curated the bands for the festival the last two years) to radio.com, they said;
“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors. There are no hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.“
Of course the internet then went into overdrive prompting Tom to reply via Instagram,
“To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs“
In a further comment through his publicist, he added,
“The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.“
The event held over three nights includes Rancid, Sick Of It All and The Interrupters on night one, Bad Religion, OFF! and Ignite on the second night, and Blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba, Yelawolf and Prayers on night three along with a massive list of tattoo artists.
Full details [Here]. Tickets on sale later this week if you feel like jumping on a plane.