Travis Barker Says a New Blink-182 Album is Coming in 2016, But What About Tom DeLonge?

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Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 pose at a press party of announce the 2011 Honda Civic Tour featuring blink-182 and My Chemical Romance at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on May 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 

Blink-182 is planning a new album release for 2016, according to drummer Travis Barker. But what will become of the band's estranged guitarist Tom DeLonge?

Barker revealed the news in the comments of a recent Instagram post. When asked what his plans for next year were, he replied saying a new Blink-182 album was on the docket, as well as an album with Antemasque, two EPs with Transplants and a solo album. 

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But the band's future with or without its longtime guitarist DeLonge is still unclear. 

In January, Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus released a statement announcing DeLonge wouldn't be playing at an upcoming festival. From there, DeLonge eventually formally left the group and they were going through what Hoppus described as a "friendly divorce." 

In turn, the remaining Blink-182 members recruited Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge for live shows. But will that continue for recordings? 

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In an interview from April, Skiba said recording with the band would be "amazing," but nothing was set in stone. 

And Hoppus said about the band's future, "We're starting not from square one, it’s exciting to think that we’re going to move forward. And it's a little scary to think that we’re going to move forward and sound a little bit different, but also exciting in the same way."

But, recently, DeLonge expressed interest in playing with Hoppus and Barker again. He told Billboard, "I'm totally willing and interested in playing with those guys again... I love those guys and I love the band and, yeah, in the future let's play together and figure it out or whatever. We just need time apart because we all want different things at this time. Those guys want to play the music and tour all the time, but I'm involved in some very big shit and some very important stuff."


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