A North American tour, in support of Blink-182 and “Always” was planned for spring 2005. Tensions, however, arose between the band members as DeLonge expressed his desire to cancel the tour and enter a half-year respite from touring. At a band meeting which coincided with the beginning of Blink-182’s ﬁnal European tour, DeLonge expressed his desire to spend more time with his family. He also declined recording a new album. “The conversation got heated and lasted for two or three hours. It went around in circles, and the end result was the canceled tour, with no idea when we would be doing anything with Blink-182 again.” During the band’s six-month break, Hoppus expressed his desire for the band to perform at Music for Relief’s Concert for South Asia, a beneﬁt show to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. DeLonge agreed to perform, and the band subsequently began rehearsing for the event. Further tensions, however, arose between the band members during rehearsals, and they began arguing about the band’s “forced break, the greatest hits record, and the possibility of recording the next album.” DeLonge stated that he would only record his contributions to the band’s next studio album at his home in San Diego, and that Hoppus and Barker could send him ProTools ﬁles to work on. Regarding the band’s ﬁnal moments together as a band, Hoppus states that: “One person was dictating everything. We told Tom this. Things got hot. [...] We said, ‘You are trying to control everything, and it’s wrong.’ He said he couldn’t be a part of anything he couldn’t control, and he left the rehearsal space.” DeVoe phoned Hoppus and Barker the following day to tell them that DeLonge had quit the band, stating: “As of today, Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of Blink-182.” DeLonge subsequently changed his telephone number to avoid discussing the matter with Hoppus and Barker. In 2010, whilst reﬂecting upon the band’s break-up, Tom Delonge stated that: “My biggest failure was the breakup of Blink. That was a failure of friendships, businesses and communications. In our hearts, we thought that was forever and gone. What’s funny is, at the time, I looked at it as a triumph.” Following the subsequent speculation as to whether the band had, in fact, broken up, Blink-182 announced that they had entered an “indeﬁnite hiatus”. Following the band’s break-up, DeLonge founded a new band, entitled Angels & Airwaves. The band, which still continues to record and tour, have thus far released three studio albums: We Don’t Need to Whisper (2006), I-Empire (2007) and Love (2010) with Love: Part II to be released in 2011. Hoppus and Barker continued working together in a new band, +44. They released their debut album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, in 2006. Discussing +44 Hoppus was stated that he would like to make a new album with the band sometime in the future. Geffen Records released a Greatest Hits compilation album on November 1, 2005. A previously unreleased The Only Ones cover song, “Another Girl, Another Planet”, was included. The song was used as the theme song to Barker’s reality television show, Meet the Barkers. This track would be the ﬁnal studio recording completed by the band prior to their hiatus. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. On August 21, 2008, the band’s frequent producer Jerry Finn died of a cerebral hemorrhage. This event would become one of the catalysts for DeLonge to begin communicating with both Hoppus and Barker again in September 2008. On September 19, 2008, Travis Barker barely survived a plane crash after performing an event with Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell (see 2008 South Carolina Learjet 60 crash). Adam Goldstein (better known as DJ AM) and Barker were the only survivors. Barker sustained second and third degree burns on his lower body and torso and expected to recover within a year. While in the hospital, Mark Hoppus and former bandmate Tom DeLonge visited, allowing the band to reconcile and patch up their differences. Regarding Barker’s incident, in 2010 Tom DeLonge stated that “if that accident hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t be a band. Plain and simple. That was fate.
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