Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus discussed considering changing the band’s name without Tom DeLonge in a recent 92.9 interview, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.
“We talked about it, but we really felt like this is Blink-182, and we really kept true to the spirit of what the band is. Matt is a new player coming in, and he’s really stepped up to a very difficult challenge in a really classy manner, stepping into some difficult shoes to fill, and being respectful of that, but also standing up for himself, and making a name for himself in the band. It’s a delicate situation, and I think he’s done really well.”
He said he understands fans’ trepidation, “I totally understand people’s speculation, and maybe a little bit of suspicion, and what’s it gonna sound like, is it really gonna be Blink, is it really gonna be what people who love Blink, love about Blink, I think those people are going to be really stoked.”