Don’t count on there being a Blink-182 reunion any time soon because just when we though the whole drama had taken a slight time off, drummer Travis Barker has once again taken a stance against former singer, Tom DeLonge.
While participating in an interview for Alternative Nation, the drummer had some choice words for DeLonge, including telling him that he should “man up and quit the band” and even revealing that this wasn’t the first nor the second time he went incognito to avoid the band after major plans had been made.
“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.”
And about that manning up and quitting the band?
“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.”
While Barker does say that there’s no bad blood, at least for him, he does challenge DeLonge’s passion for playing the kind of music that helped launch Blink-182 to the status that they have now.
“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.”
But Barker doesn’t stop there. In a last dig against his former bandmate, he claims that DeLonge never actually played on any of Blink’s songs.
“We are two weeks in to practice and he’s [Matt Skiba] killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools. It’s just fresh blood and having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference. In general, Skiba has a really charming voice and it couldn’t be a better fit.”