Mark Hoppus refuted Tom DeLonge’s claims that the estranged Blink-182 co-founders had met recently during an interview on Kevin Klein Live Tuesday, saying “I haven’t even spoken to Tom in a year and a half.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, DeLonge insisted that he had never officially quit or been fired from Blink-182. He took to Facebook as well after Blink announced their new album — and first with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba — writing that not only had he met with Hoppus, but was in regular contact with drummer Travis Barker. DeLonge even hinted at a full Blink reunion, writing, “We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things.”
Hoppus, however, said, “That is something so far down the road to even be a possibility… His post came as a surprise to me. I’ll never say never to anything, but this is what Blink-182 is right now, and we’re in a really good spot and really excited about things and this is what the band is.”
Blink-182 announced their new album California last week with first single, “Bored to Death.” The group has also scheduled an expansive summer tour in support of their seventh LP, featuring A Day to Remember, and, on certain dates, All American Rejects or All Time Low. California arrives July 1st and the tour begins July 22nd in San Diego, California.
DeLonge, meanwhile, continues to work on array of projects including the massive multi-media undertaking, To the Stars, which will reportedly include music, books and film. He’s also working on Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, a 700-page novel he wrote with UNC Charlotte Shakespeare professor A.J. Hartley. Though fictional, DeLonge told Rolling Stone it incorporates information he gleaned from “sources within the aerospace industry and the Department of Defense and NASA,” adding: “That sentence, specifically, was approved for me to say.”