Travis Barker says Tom DeLonge is playing ‘sympathy card’ over Blink-182 exit

DeLonge left pop-punk band earlier this year

Travis Barker has accused Tom Delonge of playing the “sympathy card” following his exit from Blink-182, but admits that he is in “no way, shape, or form mad” at his former bandmate.

Earlier this year Barker and bandmate Mark Hoppus split from DeLonge after the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them. Following a statement from Hoppus and Barker asserting DeLonge had quit the band “indefinitely”, DeLonge denied the story.

Speaking to Yahoo, Barker says he is not angry with DeLonge but that he wishes the guitarist and singer “would own up to not wanting to be in the band and go do his other stuff.”

Giving his side of the story, Barker explained: “We’ve been trying to do this for X amount of years, he’s quit three times, we have to get to a healthy place and just move on. [But] I’m in no way, shape, or form mad at him. If anything. There’s a sympathy card he’s pulling right now. And that doesn’t even really piss me off, it’s just kind of childish. But if years down the line it makes sense, I’ll never say never.”

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Barker also lifted the lid on how hard it was to be in a band with DeLonge when he was clearly not interested any more. “It was just like, you’d drive to Orange County to practise, drive an hour and a half to get there, dude’s upset, bummed-out or venting about something.”

DeLonge will be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio at Blink-182’s next two shows, one in San Diego on Friday (March 20) and another at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival on March 22 in Orange County, California.

Barker spoke excitedly about DeLonge’s temporary replacement. “I say this with no bad intention in my body: [Matt] is killing it. It’s one thing to have someone there that is not only motivated and stoked to be playing, but he just sings on key; harmonies exist now,” he said. “It’s 100 per cent different and it’s awesome. It’s kind of like when something happens to you and you’re like, ‘Damn, this is the way it should be.’”

DeLonge recently announced his plan to release ‘To The Stars’; an album of solo material old and new on April 21. ‘New World’ is the first song to be taken from the album.

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