The Blink-182 drummer says DeLonge should 'man up' and publicly quit the band
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has spoken out about his estranged bandmate Tom DeLonge
It was recently revealed that Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker had split from DeLonge after the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with the pair.
Hoppus and Barker released a statement asserting DeLonge had quit the band “indefinitely”, with DeLonge later denying the story.
However, now Barker has shared some views on the matter with Alternative Nation, stating that punk rock was just “a phase” for DeLonge and that he should “man up” and publicly quit Blink-182.
In the interview, Barker says: “I think this is the third time he’s quit without anyone knowing about it because we didn’t announce the other times. But this is just the last straw. It’s just not cool for the fans. He’d always agree to go on huge tours and record albums, but when it came down to going into the studio, he’d find some excuse not to. And we wouldn’t even hear from him, it would be his management. It comes to a point where you decide you’re not going to force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do and it’s time to move on.”
Barker continues: “As far as I’m concerned, [there’s] no bad blood from me. I wish him the best in everything he does. I think the right thing for him to do would just man up and quit the band instead of telling people he didn’t quit and just be real with the fans. I think that would give him some closure too and really do what he’s passionate about. Even amongst all the other projects I do, I can always find a way to prioritise and still be passionate about Blink-182 when it comes around. I love playing, listening, and everything about punk rock. It changed my life. I think for Tom, he doesn’t like punk music and it was a phase for him.”
DeLonge will be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio at Blink-182’s next booked show at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival on March 22 in Orange County, California. Hoppus has confirmed that, at present, it is too soon to say whether Skiba will become a full time member of the band, or if another replacement for DeLonge will be sought.
Delonge recently announced his plan to release ‘To The Stars’; an album of solo material old and new on April 21. The first song from the album will be available to those who pre-order the record on March 9 with two more unnamed songs due on March 23 and April 6.