Once again, Travis Barker has opened up about his feelings following Tom DeLonge’s apparent split from Blink-182. More back-and-forth statements from both parties over the last few weeks have continued to stir things up within the band, but drummer Travis Barker told Yahoo that he’s not mad at Tom for it. He does admit, however, that he wishes that Tom “would own up to not wanting to be in the band and go do his other stuff”.
“We’ve been trying to do this for X amount of years, he’s quit three times, we have to get to a healthy place and just move on, [but] I’m in no way, shape, or form mad at him. If anything, I just wish he would own up to not wanting to be in the band and go do his other stuff. There’s a sympathy card he’s pulling right now. And that doesn’t even really piss me off, it’s just kind of childish. But if years down the line it makes sense, I’ll never say never”, Travis said in his interview with Yahoo.
Travis also touched on the times where it was difficult to work with Tom when his heart wasn’t in Blink-182 saying, “it was just like, you’d drive to Orange County to practice, drive an hour and a half to get there, dude’s upset, bummed-out or venting about something”.
Despite what’s recently been happening with the band and its members, neither party has lost their musical drive. Blink-182 are currently rehearsing for their first two shows with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. They will be playing an intimate gig at San Diego’s SOMA with A Day To Remember on March 20, followed by Travis Barker’s own Musink Festival on March 22. Meanwhile, Tom DeLonge is set to release his solo album, To The Stars, on April 21 – this will feature Blink-182 demos as well as his own material.