Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker said in a new interview with Alternative Nation that singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge should “man up” and officially leave the band. Barker and bassist Mark Hoppusannounced in February that they were preparing to play this month’s Musink Festival with Matt Skiba replacing DeLonge, after the latter reportedly had his manager inform Hoppus and Barker that he was taking an indefinite hiatus from Blink.
Barker said, “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 prioritize 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.”
Blink had signed a new record deal but could not get DeLonge to commit to either the festival or a date to enter the studio, which Barker called “the last straw.”
Barker said that Skiba has been “killing it” in rehearsals, adding, “Having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference.”
As for future plans beyond this one festival show, Barker said, “We’ll see. The beginning goal was to do the show because we committed to it . . . If we did make an album with Skiba, it would be unreal. I don’t know if that’s a possibility yet because I can’t speak for everybody. Right now it feels like the honeymoon stage. Everyone’s really happy and there’s a vibe in the rehearsal room that we haven’t had in a long time.”
DeLonge, meanwhile, will be issuing a solo collection of demos and rarities on April 21st.