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Matt Skiba Is Joining Blink-182 For Good…Yes?

10407527_10152557122598271_5381590766791143922_nAfter Tom Delonge left (or whatever he did. He still hasn’t officially quit), everything about Blink-182 has been a bit up in the air. Will they still be releasing an album soon? Are they continuing as a two-piece? Are the songs on Delonge’s new album Blink demos? Well, we think one of these questions might have been answered. In an interview with Alternative Nation, Matt Skiba, who has been taking over for Delonge, said there have been talks of him becoming a permanent member of Blink.

You can check out some selections from the interview after the jump! Do you think Skiba should join as a permanent member? Let us know in the comments.

It is unlikely this will get nearly as out of hand as Delonge’s departure, but we will stay with the story every step of the way.

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Alternative Nation:

AN: When I spoke to Travis last month, he described the process as very positive and even considered writing an album with this new lineup. What are your thoughts on that idea?
Skiba: I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

AN: As of now, do you view yourself as a permanent member of the band?
Skiba: I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell.

AN: Is there any bad blood between you and Tom DeLonge now?
Skiba: No, I haven’t been in contact with Tom at all, but we have always been friends and had a good relationship. My role as replacing him in these shows is nothing personal. The guys asked me to play with them and I said absolutely and it was nothing to spite of Tom. Every experience I had with Tom was positive while touring with him in the past. So, there is no bad blood between us, or at least not from my end.

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Ariella Laichas-Malamud

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Co-editor of this fine publication and loving every minute of it. Music is my life as seen by all of my usernames. When I'm not doing music, I'm watching netflix or talking about poetry. Native to sunny city by the beach, English major in one of the rainiest cities on earth.

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