Mark Hoppus + Travis Barker Open Up About Tom DeLonge and Blink-182
Yesterday (Jan. 26), we reported that Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker released a statement announcing bandmate Tom Delonge had “indefinitely” left the band, as well as DeLonge’s subsequent response that he “never quit the band.” Needless to say, there was clearly some kind of miscommunication between the trio. Now, Hoppus and Barker have opened up about the band's inner turmoil, even calling their bandmate "disrespectful and ungrateful."
Hoppus explained that all three rockers had agreed -- via email -- to reenter the studio and to make an appearance at the MUSINK Music and Tattoo Festival, which is co-owned by Barker.
“I don’t think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything’s been moving positively,” Hoppus explained in an interview with Rolling Stone.
However, leading up to the day they were scheduled to return to the studio, Barker and Hoppus received an email from DeLonge’s manager saying the singer-guitarist wasn’t interested in recording a Blink-182 album after all.
“There’s a flurry of emails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an email] back saying, ‘Tom. Is. Out.’ Direct quote,” Hoppus said. “This is the exact same email we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.”
Barker says since DeLonge’s first hiatus 10 years ago, he and Hoppus have been covering up for their bandmate – that is until their joint statement yesterday.
“I think he’s just in shock that he’s finally been exposed. The truth is out,” the Blink drummer said. “I just don’t think he knows how to deal with it, so he says, ‘I didn’t quit the band. I’m booking Blink shows as we speak.’ … We all know that’s a lie.”
“I have to tell you: It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time,” Hoppus added. “That’s how it’s felt for a long time.”
“It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful,” Barker continued. “You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it.”
In fact, Barker admitted that DeLonge seemed uninterested in recording when the band came back together in 2009, calling the reunion "questionable."
“When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died,” Barker said. “But he didn’t even listen to the mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”
With the announcement that Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba would replace DeLonge at MUSINK, Rolling Stone asked if Hoppus and Barker would be open to continuing Blink-182 without DeLonge at their sides.
“There are legalities involved with this,” the singer-bassist replied. “As Tom pointed out, he technically didn’t quit the band. Then it gets all lawyer-y, which I will leave to the attorneys and managers.”
Nevertheless, Hoppus said he and Barker are "intent on protecting the legacy of Blink-182 and continue to do what we’ve been doing for the past two decades: continue playing the songs."