BLINK-182 DRUMMER: ‘THERE’S TALKS OF ALL SORTS OF THINGS’
Now that Blink-182 has played its first shows ever without founding guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge, drummer Travis Barker was asked by Billboard about the group’s future plans. He replied, “We don’t know — there are talks of all sorts of things. There’s talk of maybe recording an album, there are talks of doing a tour with A Day To Remember, so we’ll see what happens.”
Barker and Hoppus recruited Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba to take DeLonge’s place last weekend at the Musink Festival in Southern California, as well as two warm-up shows, after the pair publicly accused DeLonge of holding up Blink’s recording and live plans in favor of his own solo projects.
Asked what it was like to perform live again as Blink with Skiba, Barker said, “It was so fun ’cause you’re in a practice room for four weeks and I know how dope it sounds and I know how good the vibe is going, but no one else does. So it’s finally like, ‘Okay, we’ve heard Trav talk about it, we’ve heard Mark talk about it, we just witnessed it.’ Fans pretty much feel the same way.”
- Barker and Hoppus recruited Skiba after DeLonge reportedly had his manager inform them that he was taking an indefinite hiatus from Blink.
- 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 recently called “the last straw.”
- DeLonge said he never “quit the band.” He will release a collection of solo demos and rarities called To the Stars … Demos, Odds and Ends on April 21st, and says he has three more records planned for this year.