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
www.6767.com 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
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.