BLINK-182 BASSIST SAYS DRUMMER WAS NEVER IN DANGER OF BEING FIRED
Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus pushed back in an interview with Alternative Press against singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge’s claim that the two of them discussed ousting drummer Travis Barkerlast year. DeLonge made this revelation after Hoppus and Barker claimed to the press that he had all but abandoned the group, delaying a new album and live plans to work on his own projects.
Asked about the possible dismissal of Barker, Hoppus explained that the issue came about as a result of Barker being unwilling to participate in an Australian tour due to his fear of flying. Barker has been unable to board an aircraft ever since nearly losing his life in a 2008 small plane crash.
A replacement was hired for the tour, but an argument ensued between Barker and a promoter who felt he had been misled about Barkers participation. Hoppus said, “Tom was very upset about being put in that situation on tour, where people were threatening to sue, the promoter was angry and everything else. But he was really just blowing off steam. We got back from tour and Tom was having these calls where he was talking about ‘can we replace Travis, can we do whatever,’ but it was really just Tom blowing off steam.”
- Hoppus claims that DeLonge eventually cooled down, saying, “Sure enough, Tom, after a month, called back up and was like, ‘Hey you know what? I was just angry about it. It was a bad situation, and of course I don’t want to kick Travis out of the band.'”
- Hoppus and Barker revealed on Monday (January 26th) that they intended to perform live without DeLonge, telling Rolling Stone that DeLonge had “indefinitely” removed himself from all Blink activities for the foreseeable future.
- DeLonge countered via social media that he had not “quit” the trio, although his former bandmates claimed otherwise, calling DeLonge “disrespectful” and “ungrateful.”
- DeLonge later posted a lengthy “letter to the fans” in which he went into detail about his side of the story, saying, “I told my manager that I will do Blink-182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family. But Mark and Travis know all of this.”
- Hoppus and Barker have recruited Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge at the MusInk Festival next month and say they plan to continue performing and recording Blink-182 music.