But Travis and I are intent on protecting the legacy of Blink-182 and continue to do what we've been doing for the past two decades: continue playing the songs.
If this is a permanent break for Tom, do you see a future for the name Blink-182 without him? As Tom pointed out, he technically didn't quit the band. Hoppus: The press release that came out today is 100 percent from Travis and me and we stand by it 100 percent because it's all true. Was it odd seeing a conflicting view of the statement you released? I think he's just in shock that he's finally been exposed. I just don't think he knows how to deal with it, so he says, "I didn't quit the band.
So just like last year, when Travis couldn't go to Australia and we got a fill-in drummer to replace Travis, we found a replacement guitarist for Tom on this show.
What was your reaction to Tom's statement that he didn't quit the band?
Tom calls up in October 2013 and says, "I want to do an EP for Christmas release." I live in London and five days later, I'm on an airplane to Los Angeles to record because he wanted to.