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Blink-182 confirm split rumours

Story: Jack Foley

BLINK-182, the million-selling punk-rockers, have disbanded for the foreseeable future, it has been confirmed on their website.

Speculation has been rife that the band were about to split following their unexpected departure from the line-up of the Music for Relief: Rebuilding South Asia concert in California, which was scheduled to take place on February 18.

Former Jane’s Addiction guitarist, Dave Navarro, also added further fuel to the flame when he announced, on his own website that news of their break-up had come as a shock.

He did, however, have to withdraw the statement and apologised for commenting on something that had not been confirmed.

However, a new official statement on Blink-182's website confirms that the band will be 'going on an indefinite hiatus'.

The message states: "For over a decade, Blink-182 has toured, recorded and done non-stop promotion all while trying to balance relationships with family and friends.

"To that end, the band has decided to go on an indefinite hiatus to spend some time enjoying the fruits of their labors [sic] with their loved ones. While there is no set plan for the band to begin working together again, no one knows what tomorrow may bring."

It is not yet known how the split will affect the individual band member's various business arrangements, including a skatewear company, or solo projects such as Boxcar Racer and The Transplants.

But it will come as a bitter blow to fans, who thought their last album, Blink-182, rated among their best yet, as well as marking a new direction for them.

Blink-182 were by Tom Delonge (guitarist/vocalist), Mark Hoppus (bass) and Scott Raynor (drums).

They formed in 1993 and quickly went on to become one of the world's biggest punk crossover outfits, releasing seven albums and selling over 10.7 million copies in the US alone.

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