It’s been a few days now since we’ve heard anything from the blink-182 chronicles, making us feel like the explosion might have died down, but now, drummer Travis Barker is opening up about the drama behind the scenes.
In a radio interview on Kevin and Bean, Barker covered many topics including the latest revelation that Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus were considering replacing him after he got into a Twitter feud with the promoter from their Australian tour in 2013.
“You know, I didn’t really know that much about that [Tom’s tweet],” he said.
“Mark had to explain it to me, and I was like, cool. If that was his decision, I definitely wouldn’t make the stink that he is now. I would bow out and be like, much love to you, I wish you nothing but the best. I wouldn’t be doing the back and forth and most importantly, I would speak for myself.”
But things did not end there. When asked about DeLonge and his lack of desire for anything blink-182 related, he admitted, like he and Hoppus had in a previous interview, that they were done covering up for their former frontman.
“I’ve always had to cover up for him,” Barker said. “Finally it’s just out. He doesn’t want to record. He hasn’t wanted to record. We’ve tried recording four or five times. We’ve catered to him. We’ve got label interest. We did everything he wanted to do and then his manager still sends us an email saying Tom’s out.”
But on thing that caught many fans’ attention during the interview was when Barker still called DeLonge his friend.
“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.”
While not the best metaphor, Barker does make a point.