In yet another interview on the topic, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has given some more clarity on the band's current situation and fired a few more shots in his (ex-?) bandmate's direction.
After the verypublicfalling out between Barker and Mark Hoppus, and Tom DeLonge earlier this year, the band's future has certainly looked uncertain.
Speaking to Alternative Nation, Barker explains that this isn't the first time DeLonge has seperated from the band:
"I think this is the third time he’s quit without anyone knowing about it because we didn’t announce the other times. But this is just the last straw. It’s just not cool for the fans. He’d always agree to go on huge tours and record albums, but when it came down to going into the studio, he’d find some excuse not to. And we wouldn’t even hear from him, it would be his management. It comes to a point where you decide you’re not going to force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do and it’s time to move on."
However, he doesn't feel any ill will towards DeLonge, but he does think that punk was just a phase for him:
"As far as I’m concerned, no bad blood from me. I wish him the best in everything he does. 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."
Travis Barker performing with Blink-182 in Manchester, 2012
As for the current Blink-182 line-up with Matt Skiba on vocals? Preparations for their first appearance at the Musink Festival in California are going swimmingly:
"We are two weeks in to practice and he’s killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools. It’s just fresh blood and having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference. In general, Skiba has a really charming voice and it couldn’t be a better fit."
And the question we've all been dying to ask: is there a chance we'll see a future Blink-182 album with Matt Skiba included? It's not entirely off the table.
"The beginning goal was to do the show because we committed to it. There’s a really great vibe and everyone’s stoked to be playing with each other. We’re definitely enjoying each other and Skiba is killing 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."
Meanwhile, Tom DeLonge recently announced that he's set to release a solo album of odds, sods and loose ends called 'To The Stars', and there may be the odd Blink-182 demo included. More on that over at this link.