“Blink-182 is undeniably one of the most significant groups in pop-punk history. Recently, the “trio” gained quite a large amount of press attention as frontman Tom DeLonge was declared no longer a part of the band. The group are currently set to perform at the final day of the Musink festival with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba as Delonge’s replacement. You can click here to view the entire lineup and more info for the event. We recently spoke to Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker about Tom DeLonge’s departure, his upcoming tattoo convention/music festival, and the future of the band. Check out Alternative Nation’s exclusive interview below.”
Travis Barker stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show to talk about the upcoming Musink Festival, the situation with Tom DeLonge, and future of Blink-182.
“It’s kind of a different situation. We had agreed to do this show [Musink], we had planned this in November, or maybe even the end of October. We had all agreed to do it. It was concrete, Blink was headlining Sunday night and the day before New Year’s Eve we got an email saying ‘Tom indefinitely is taking a leave of absence for he doesn’t know how long, it could be forever. More than likely it’s forever and will not be doing anything Blink-related meaning live shows and recordings.”
“This is exactly how it went down 10 years ago too. No phone call from Tom, it was always his management just says ‘Don’t bug Tom, Tom’s out. Leave him alone,’” explained Barker. “It comes to the point where you can’t make anybody do anything.”
“I’m a more confrontational person. I’d rather talk to the source and work it out, figure it out. I don’t like playing tennis – you say this, I say that. It’s childish. That’s for like Housewives of Atlanta.”
“He’s [DeLonge] absolutely still my friend, it’s just he doesn’t want to play in a band. It’s like a chick. You’re not gonna make a chick that says ‘Hey I don’t want to see you indefinitely and I don’t know how long, I might not want to see you forever.’ You’re not going to be like ‘You get over here. You play with me right now.’ You need to give her her space, you need to let her go live… and it’s the same thing.”
“I juggle a lot of things outside of Blink. I record with tons of different artists, and I always seem to still know how to prioritize Blink. I still love Blink and it’s my #1 priority over everything that I do. But it’s like when you don’t have the same passion to make that your priority as well, it makes it hard to come together as 3 people when one person doesn’t care about it.”
Earlier today, Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker released a statement noting that founding member Tom DeLonge had “indefinitely” left the band and that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would replace the singer-guitarist for the band’s upcoming set at Musink Festival. DeLonge countered shortly after, posting on his Instagram, “I never quit the band,” calling the press release “weird” and questioning its legitimacy. In an exclusive, candid interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker set the record straight on the band’s inner turmoils, album delays and ongoing frustrations.
“To all the fans, I never quit the band. 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… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ…..”
It seems as though Matt Skiba will only be filling in for blink’s upcoming shows, and Tom is still with the band. No official clarification has been made at the moment but we’ll update as soon as there is.