FRDAY 30 JANUARY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Ha, and you thought Guvera buying Blinkbox Music was exciting. Now Jay-Z is trying to buy the company behind Nordic streaming platform WiMP and its high-def spin-off service Tidal. And these reports seem a whole load more credible than those that said the rapper was bidding for US radio station Hot 97. Project Panther Bidco, a company seemingly controlled by J-Zed, has put... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: BBE and Blacktronica tonight present the London launch party for the new remix album from DJ Spinna, 'The Sound Beyond Stars', down in the basement of the Edition Hotel in the West End. Spinna is an in-demand producer and 'The Sound Beyond Stars', which is out through BBE this week, features some of his finest work, including reworks of tracks by Louie Vega, Agent K and... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Prior to this week, if you had any interest in Blink 182 (which I realise is possibly an oxymoron), you would have been forgiven for assuming that the reunion the trio embarked upon in 2009 was about to grind into action again. They split in 2005, of course, following growing tensions between band members. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker almost... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance
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LEGAL Tom Petty responds to Sam Smith song credit deal
Suge Knight questioned over film set hit and run
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler arrested after bar fight
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MARKETING & PR Listen Up open US outside
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MEDIA Second national DAB network bids in, Virgin Radio could return
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ARTIST NEWS Justin Bieber was just pretending to be a prick
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AWARDS Shortlist out for indie album of the year prize
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ONE LINERS CMU's One Liners: Kasabian on the BRITs rock n roll conspiracy, Kanye and North West make music video, and a bevy, yes a bevy more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #240: Blink 182 v Blink 182
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DHP FAMILY - ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
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ITB - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO SENIOR BOOKING AGENT (LONDON)
We have a rare opportunity for an exceptionally organised junior administrative assistant with previous office experience in the music industry (preferably within live music). The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have impeccable attention to detail, awesome admin skills, with good knowledge and understanding of the music industry, a flexible manner and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

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LISTEN UP - OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
We are currently seeking an Operations Manager to join our team. This is a broad role, which incorporates Operations, Office Management, HR and business support to the Directors. The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day operations of the business run smoothly and that effective methods are put into place so that the company runs to its maximum productivity.

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LISTEN UP - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR (LONDON)
We are currently seeking an extremely organised, positive and proactive Personal Assistant to join our team. The Personal Assistant is responsible for providing full business and personal support to the Director. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience supporting to Director level, ideally within a music or media environment.

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KILIMANJARO LIVE - DIGITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER (LONDON)
Kilimanjaro Live Ltd are concert and festival promoters and organisers. We are looking for a Digital Campaign Manager to join our Marketing Team. This role will involve overseeing the planning, booking and implementation of digital ad campaigns across Kilimanjaro live tours and shows, maintaining the Kililive.com website and overseeing the social media output of the company.

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DOMINO - D2C CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Domino is looking for a D2C Co-ordinator to join our D2C team. This is a full-time role based in the London office. The candidate will report to the D2C Manager and work across all D2C campaigns. The role will suit someone who has existing retail or mail order experience/warehouse experience. The ability to multi-task and to be organised is critical to being successful in this role.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - PLAYLIST DESIGNER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a music Playlist Designer to join our small but expanding creative team. The playlist designer will develop a sound understanding of our clients' needs, and then source, program and timetable appropriate tracks in line with the client brief. (Please note this relates to designing music playlists NOT composing music.)

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - MUSIC TEAM ASSISTANT (HERTFORD)
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Jay-Z bids for WiMP as Spotify raises more finance
Ha, and you thought Guvera buying Blinkbox Music was exciting. Now Jay-Z is trying to buy the company behind Nordic streaming platform WiMP and its high-def spin-off service Tidal. And these reports seem a whole load more credible than those that said the rapper was bidding for US radio station Hot 97.

Project Panther Bidco, a company seemingly controlled by J-Zed, has put in a bid to buy Norway-based Aspiro, which owns WiMP, and the firm's biggest shareholder is backing the offer. Reports say that the rapper's company is offering $56 million for the streaming service. The deal is yet to be done, though various sources suggest it could be completed some time next month.

Spotify-like WiMP has operations in various European markets, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland, and has more recently launched in the US and UK with just the high audio quality element of its set-up under the brand Tidal.

In a statement about its bid, Jay-Z's company says: "Panther believes that the recent developments in the entertainment industry, with the migration to music and media streaming, offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music. Panther's strategic ambition revolves around global expansion and up-scaling of Aspiro's platform, technology and services".

So there you go. News of Jay-Z's swoop for WiMP, which of course has been compared to Dr Dre's role in the Beats Music service (even though he seemed to have next to no involvement in the streaming music spin-off of the Beats headphone business), broke just after reports that Spotify is busy raising new finance.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify has engaged Goldman Sachs to help lead a new round of private fundraising, with plans to bring in another $500 million in playtime-cash. The move suggests that any planned 'initial public offering' for the Spotify business is now not likely for another year or two, which fits with what sources at the company have been saying.

Tom Petty responds to Sam Smith song credit deal
Tom Petty has commented on the news that he and Jeff Lynne have been given co-credits on Sam Smith's hit 'Stay With Me' on the basis it's kinda similar to their song 'I Won't Back Down'.

As previously reported, the credits were given, despite neither Smith nor any of his collaborators had ever knowingly having heard that track, so there is no allegation of wrong doing or song theft or even subconscious copyright infringement here. Oh no, not at all. Not for a second. Not even a millisecond.

Indeed, there was never any talk of this matter going legal. And I know for a fact that Petty is going to be seething when he sees that I filed this story in the Legal News section. Because this story couldn't be any less legal. This is 'Song Sounded Slightly Similar To Another Song So The Other Song's Writers Got A Credit News'. But there wasn't time to create a new section header, so Petty's going to have to live with this being listed as 'legal'. Even though it's not legal.

This is what Petty had to say about the matter: "About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement".

So that's nice. And let's not forget, this never went legal. "The word lawsuit was never even said", Petty adds. "And was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more, no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all".

Peace and love indeed. Though not to lawyers presumably. They'll be getting no business from Mr Petty, however many pop warblers accidentally-by-coincidence rip off his songs. And praise be to that.

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Suge Knight questioned over film set hit and run
Former Death Row Records owner Suge Knight has turned himself in to police in LA after allegedly killing a man and injuring another in a hit and run incident.

A vehicle struck Terry Carter and Cle 'Bone' Sloane on a movie set in Compton, LA - where rappers Game, Ice Cube and Dr Dre were filming - at around 3pm local time yesterday. Knight was reportedly seen driving the red pick up truck involved in the incident 20 minutes earlier. The vehicle was later found abandoned in a car park.

In a statement, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Corina told reporters: "So far we have not confirmed it was him driving the truck. So we're not saying Suge Knight was driving the truck at this time. Although we want to talk to him, since the truck supposedly belongs to him."

He added: "From the people we've talked to so far, and we still have more witnesses to talk to, so far the people we've talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act. So we're handling it as a homicide".

Knight's lawyer James Blatt then issued a statement seemingly confirming that the former hip hop mogul had been driving, but denying that there had been any intent to harm anyone. "He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two [other] individuals. He was in his car trying to escape. We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated", said Blatt.

According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, Knight has now handed himself in to police.

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Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler arrested after bar fight
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested in California earlier this week after being involved in a bar fight.

A statement from The Inyo County Sheriff's Office says: "Shortly after midnight on 27 Jan Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley
National Park".

It continued: "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler, a 65 year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism".

Butler spent the night in jail, giving him time to sober up.

Listen Up open US outside
Now listen up, people. Which might be an abrupt way for me to start, but wait until you see why that opening is undeniable comedy gold. Well, middling smile-inducing amusement. Actually I've set the bar way too high here. Forget I mentioned comedy. It's just very clever word play. Forget I mentioned clever word play. Look, this story is about a company called Listen Up and I said "now listen up, people". And that's a thing. There you go. Let's all agree that that is definitely a thing.

Anyway, London-based music press and promotions company Listen Up has announced it will open a new LA office on 2 Feb, right there on Sunset Boulevard. Nice. The American side of the business will be headed up by Cecilia Doreng-Stearns, former Director Of Publicity at Dim Mak Records.

Confirming her new role, Doreng-Stearns told reporters: "I'm very excited to be joining Listen Up during this new phase of the company's international development. I'm greatly looking forward to building off the strong foundation that James Mack and Luke Neville have established in the UK and beyond".

Meanwhile the there mentioned Listen Up directors delivered some words too. Neville said of their decision to open up Stateside: "We've been travelling to America regularly for the last few years, having meetings with labels, management, artists - so we have such a good infrastructure of contacts in North America to establish ourselves firmly".

Mack added: "With the sheer size of North America and the press opportunities it presents, to be to be able to exceed your clients expectations you need to have a firm base out there".

Second national DAB network bids in, Virgin Radio could return
So, the bids are in, people. You know, the bids. From the two groups who would like to control the second national DAB digital radio network. The one Channel 4 once won ownership of with grand plans to launch its own network of radio channels, none of which ever got of the ground. The TV company blamed the credit crunch, if I remember rightly. And why not? But seven years on way more people have got DAB radio sets now, so it'll all be fine this time round.

We already knew that media firms Bauer and UTV were joining forces to put in a bid, backed by broadcast services group Arqiva (which already operates the existing national DAB network).

Under the name Sound Digital, Bauer is proposing to plonk of bunch of its existing radio brands, like Heat Radio and Planet Rock, onto the new network, while UTV would bring to the table three new speech stations: a channel two version of its existing TalkSport, a service akin to the Talk Radio set-up out of which TalkSport originally grew, and a business news station backed by Bloomberg.

UTV has also reached an agreement with the Virgin Group to relaunch the Virgin Radio brand on the new network. Which is slightly ironic, as the original Virgin Radio morphed into Absolute Radio after its sale to the Times Of India Group in 2008, and that brand is now owned by Bauer. Indeed Absolute 80s is one of the services Bauer plans to put on the Sound Digital network if it wins control of the new DAB multiplex.

Confirming his link up to the Sound Digital proposal, that there Richard Branson was quoted by The Guardian: "It's been a long held wish of mine to see Virgin Radio re-launch in the UK after the success we had with Virgin Radio UK in the 1990s. The team at Virgin Radio International has worked tirelessly to accomplish this and I'm delighted that UTV Media invited us to join their exciting plans for digital radio in the UK. We wish UTV Media and its consortium success in its application to OfCom".

The whole Sound Digital pitch faces competition from a joint venture called Listen2Digital, which is led by Phil Riley's Midlands-based radio company Orion Media, with Fun Kids owner Folder Media, Asian broadcaster Sabras Sound and infrastructure business Babcock International also on board.

Their national digital network would include channels for Orion's GEM franchise and Folder's Fun Kids set-up, plus a bunch of new services including business, sports, food and jazz-based channels. Commenting on his bid, Riley told reporters: "I have long thought that the UK radio industry needed more choice and more competition in the provision of DAB and I think our bid delivers that".

Having confirmed it has received both bids, media regulator OfCom is now considering the two proposals, and is expected to announce a winner this spring.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: DJ Spinna at The Edition Hotel
BBE and Blacktronica tonight present the London launch party for the new remix album from DJ Spinna, 'The Sound Beyond Stars', down in the basement of the Edition Hotel in the West End.

Spinna is an in-demand producer and 'The Sound Beyond Stars', which is out through BBE this week, features some of his finest work, including reworks of tracks by Louie Vega, Agent K and Kerri Chandler, amongst many others.

Also a DJ for more than 20 years now, he's highly skilled at making parties go off with a bang. Entry is free to this one, but you need to email peter@bbemusic.com before 7pm to have your name down on the door to get in.

Friday 30 Jan, Basement, The London Edition, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP, 9pm – 2am, free. More info here.
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Justin Bieber was just pretending to be a prick
Justin Bieber has said that he was just "pretending" to be "arrogant", "conceited" and "basically how I've been acting the past year and a half". So you can strike all those things he did - from the drag racing to the egg throwing to the pissing in a bucket - right off the record and give him a clean slate.

Following an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' chat show in the US, Bieber posted a video online saying: "I just wanted to make a video because I wanted to express how I feel right now. Today, I was on Ellen and it was a lot of fun. She's amazing, it was her birthday, but I was really nervous. I think I was nervous because I was afraid of what people are thinking about me right now. It's been a minute since I've been in a public appearance, and I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited or basically how I've been acting the past year and a half".

He continued: "I'm not who I was pretending to be. Why I say I was 'pretending' is often we pretend to be something we're not as a cover up of what we're truly feeling inside. And there were a lot of feelings going on in there. Just being young and growing up in this business is hard. Just growing up in general is hard".

Of course, this doesn't really tally with what his manager Scooter Braun said in 2012, when he told Rolling Stone that being a "prick" was just Bieber's natural state.

Shortlist out for indie album of the year prize
Pan-European indie label trade group IMPALA has revealed the (rather long) shortlist for its European Independent Album Of The Year Award. And here it is!

Alt-J - This Is All Yours (Infectious Records)
Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)
Batida - Dois (Soundway Records)
Broken Twin - May (Anti/Epitaph)
Caribou - Our Love (City Slang)
Dans Dans - 3 (Unday Records)
The Dø - Shake Shook Shaken (Wagram Music)
Emis Killa - Mercurio (Carosello Records)
Fai Baba - Savage Dreamer (A Tree In A Field Records/Irascible)
Fka Twigs - LP1 (Young Turks)
Frankie Chavez - Heart And Spine (Search Records)
Highasakite - Silent Treatment (Propeller Recordings)
Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love (Escho)
Jennie Abrahamson - Gemini Gemini (How Sweet The Sound)
Nina Romic - Stablo (Aquarius Records)
The Notwist - Close To The Glass (City Slang)
Ocho Macho - De Puta Madre (Cls)
Pepe Willberg - Pepe & Saimaa (Khy Suomen Musiikki)
Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit (Harbinger Sound)
Tremenda Trementina - Sangre Pop (Everlasting Records)
Twin Atlantic - Great Divide (Red Bull Records)
Within Temptation - Hydra (Bmg)
Young Fathers - Dead (Big Dada/Anticon)

Kasabian on the BRITs rock n roll conspiracy, Kanye and North West make music video, and a bevy, yes a bevy more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Kanye West has debuted the video for the other song he recorded recently - the first being that new Rihanna track. Said video features footage of him and daughter North in a field. Look here.

• Dappy's back. Or backkkk, to use his own words. He's put a video for a new track called 'Beautiful Me' on YouTube.

• Eric Prydz has reworked 'Tether' by Chvrches. If that's a thing you would like to hear, you can listen to it on the BBC website.

• Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst have released a track called 'Recruit'. It's something to do with clothing brand Cottweiler's autumn/winter 2015 collection.

• It's always important to keep in mind that while stealing sheep is illegal, the band Stealing Sheep are not. So it's totally fine for you to watch their new video. It is a trailer for their new album, 'Not Real', which is out on 13 Apr.

• Adam Lambert has announced that his new album is called 'The Original High'. No release date for it yet, but the first single will be out in April.

• Brian Wilson will release a new solo album on 6 Apr. It's called 'No Pier Pressure', which I think is grounds enough for boycotting it.

• Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has claimed that the band not being asked to perform at The BRITs next month is "a conspiracy" to "shut rock and roll out". And after all that work Alex Turner did last year too, dropping that microphone and everything. Of course, it could be because Kasabian's last album was really shit. Still, they've been booked to perform at the BAFTAs, so that's the thing.

CMU Beef Of The Week #240: Blink 182 v Blink 182
Prior to this week, if you had any interest in Blink 182 (which I realise is possibly an oxymoron), you would have been forgiven for assuming that the reunion the trio embarked upon in 2009 was about to grind into action again.

They split in 2005, of course, following growing tensions between band members. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker almost immediately formed new band +44, while guitarist Tom DeLonge eventually re-emerged with new project Angels & Airwaves. Not a word was spoken between the two sides until 2008, when Barker was involved in a plane crash which left four of the six people on board dead.

This tragedy became the catalyst for DeLonge to re-establish contact with his former bandmates and their subsequent reunion of the band. There were tours, festival shows and, eventually, in 2011, a new album, 'Neighbourhoods'. Which it is OK for you to have completely forgotten about.

"The reason the band broke up was really stupid in the first place; it's not like anybody had sex with each other's wives", DeLonge said at the time. "Though, for how bad we hated each other, that should have been what happened. The band got so big that the machine running the band took over. We were burnt out, we needed a break, but the machine won't let you do that. The band had stopped communicating because the machine was so big".

Since then, the world of Blink 182 has been generally less dramatic, though there were a few significant events. There was an Australian tour conducted without Barker, who had understandably developed a fear of flying, and their departure from Universal/Interscope, an EP release and live shows for the tenth anniversary of their 'Blink 182' album. Oh, and they headlined Reading/Leeds last year.

Then, finally, at the tail end of last year DeLonge told Alternative Press that the band had found a "partner" with which to release their seventh album, and that come the new year they would be "going pretty hardcore" on recording that.

So there's a potted history of the last six years of Blink 182 in 300 odd words. You might think that recap was a bit longer than necessary, but really I've been easing you in for the next 1500 words, which concern just 48 hours of this week. Make sure you're sitting comfortably, we're going to be here for a while.

Right, so, on Monday a press statement went out from Blink HQ. Rather than saying, "hey, we're all in the studio having a great time recording this album", as you might have expected based on DeLonge's comments from late last year, it informed fans that the guitarist was now out of the band "indefinitely".

"A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from [DeLonge's] manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavours", said Hoppus and Barker.

But fear not, the remaining two members of the band would still play their upcoming headline performance at Barker's Musink festival in California, with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba filling the hole left by DeLonge. Though they were a little vague on what this all meant for the long-term future of the band, possibly because they weren't yet sure themselves. But there were "no hard feelings", the statement said. This had simply been a necessary and mutual decision between bandmates.

"To all the fans", DeLonge wrote in an Instagram post later that day, "I never quit the band". Which somehow ruined that whole air of consensus.

"I actually was on a phone call about a Blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in", he continued. "Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional? Yes. But, Christ..."

In a statement then sent out by his publicist, he added: "The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink 182 and I'm not leaving".

So, hey! That's all a bit confusing. And that sudden 'limited availability' doesn't really chime with what DeLonge said at the end of last year. But perhaps, if everything is considered together, what we are to take from all this is that DeLonge got some sudden other commitments requiring him to step away from some of the band's planned activities, but any departure is very temporary.

Though why the word "indefinitely" in the first statement? Well, DeLonge sort of implies that that might have been a miscommunication; maybe his bandmates hadn't actually signed off on the quote put out in their name.

"The press release that came out today is 100% from Travis and me and we stand by it 100% because it's all true", Hoppus quickly told Rolling Stone. "There's no ambiguity".

And I do mean 'quickly'; all this backwards and forwards took less than a day. What did bands do before the internet, where you can go from press statement, to retaliation, to lengthy Rolling Stone interview in under 24 hours?

Clearing up why there could be such a breakdown in communication, Hoppus explained that he and Barker had not spoken to DeLonge via anything but email for months. And then often only through the guitarist's manager. Nonetheless, they had managed to sign a new record deal in December and book studio time starting on 5 Jan. Then comes an email from DeLonge's manager, claims Hoppus, stating that "Tom. Is. Out". Which does seem pretty clear.

Barker continued: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful. You don't even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you're not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it's been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don't know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn't even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn't even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable".

Despite this, Hoppus added: "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". And "when Tom finally said, 'I'm not going to go into the studio or play this show', it was kind of a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it. But to then say, 'I didn't quit the band', it's just not true'".

In fact, Hoppus continued: "It's disingenuous. I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink 182 back from what we all agree that we're going to do: play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it".

Which would have been a nice sign-off point after which all parties could step away and let the fuss die down a bit. Or it would have been if DeLonge hadn't got up the next morning and decided to tweet: "A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis... Don't pretend there isn't more to this story".

To be fair, I suspect DeLonge realised this was a mistake, because the tweet was deleted. But the damage was done and it was only a matter of time before some journalist or other phoned Hoppus up for a response, allowing the bassist to once again ramble on and on and on and on. And just when you thought this Beef might be reaching its conclusion.

Speaking to Alternative Press, Hoppus explained that the calls to which DeLonge referred took place after the aforementioned Australian tour, you know, the one I mentioned back when we were all much younger. The one where Barker decided he couldn't do the flights because, well, he'd been involved in a near fatal place crash and so wasn't especially keen on long-haul air travel.

Well, that tour went ahead fine but, Hoppus recalls, midway through Barker "and the promoter got into a Twitter argument back and forth that was very contentious and was a lot of stress. Tom was upset, I was upset, because it was happening while we were on this tour, and the tour was going very well". After the tour, still angry at the situation they had been put in by the Twitter spat, DeLonge suggested that the band replace Barker permanently.

Hoppus went on: "It was really just Tom blowing off steam. There were a few days of calls where I listened to Tom, commiserated with Tom and, immediately afterwards, called up my manager and [said], 'Tom's upset right now, he's talking about trying to replace Travis, but I'm not into it. That's not going to happen'. And sure enough, Tom, after a month, called back up and was like, 'Hey you know what? I was just angry about it. It was a bad situation, and of course I don't want to kick Travis out of the band'".

Then, once again, Hoppus went on at length about the fine details of the break up, painting DeLonge as very much the bad guy in the situation, before again giving his estranged bandmate a get-out by saying: "I think that Tom doesn't want to do Blink. I don't think he has fun doing it. I think he has a good time when he's onstage, but I think that other than that, he just doesn't enjoy it".

Is this the end though? Hell no.

We still have DeLonge's 1000 word Facebook post to go. And, just to clarify, we're still only on Tuesday here. All of this has taken place in less than two days. "Where to begin?" started DeLonge, with everyone presumably willing the answer to be, 'somewhere right near the end'. But alas no, because DeLonge's story started with the band's original formation in his garage "where I dreamed up the mischief" before giving a detailed account of his view of the last two and a half years.

The communication breakdown began not with him, he said, but with his bandmates. He'd tried to hold things together, he claimed: "The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we'd talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone's dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room".

"At the end of the day, we've always been dysfunctional", he went on. "Which is why we haven't talked in months".

The real problems arose with their new record contract, he said, which initially stipulated that he could not release the new Angels & Airwaves album for nine months, and that the Blink 182 record would need to be completed within six. With numerous commitments already in the diary, this would not be feasible.

"At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad", he concluded. "Sad for us. Sad for you - that you're witnessing this immaturity. I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive. I suppose they're doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt. Like we all do".

So there you go. And I think that if there's one thing we should take from all of this, it's that a man who co-wrote an album called 'Take Off Your Pants And Jacket' just apologised for his band's immaturity.

 
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