After yesterday's confusion about the future of Blink-182, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus have now given a scathing interview with Rolling Stone about the state of the band. Here's what's REALLY going on.
It's gone from bad to worse in camp Blink-182.
Yesterday, the band announced they would be playing a US festival without founding member Tom DeLonge. A statement allegedly from the band's publicists circulated online that stated DeLonge "didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly". The internet exploded (obviously), and Tom DeLonge was forced to respond, taking to Instagram to say that he "never quit the band".
Now, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have given a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone, slamming DeLonge for his "disingenuous" and "ungrateful" attitude.
For Blink-182 fans, it's a difficult read. An overview of the main points of what Mark and Travis said can be read below.
ON THE BREAKDOWN OF COMMUNICATION
Mark Hoppus: "We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom's manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he's out indefinitely. There's a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, "Tom. Is. Out." Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.
"...Every single thing that we've heard from his camp — from e-mails from his manager to our production team — was, "Tom is out indefinitely. For the foreseeable future, Tom is done."
ON HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
Mark Hoppus: "I have stuff on hard drives at my house. Travis has ideas at his studio. And I'm sure that Tom has music somewhere at his studio. We were ready to go into the studio on January 5th. This is exactly the same sequence of events that happened when Blink broke up 10 years ago. We had things booked in advance and we get an e-mail from Tom's manager saying, "Tom's out indefinitely." But last time, Travis and I took a step back and said OK and we just kept our mouths shut. But all three of us agreed to play this Musink show. So just like last year, when Travis couldn't go to Australia and we got a fill-in drummer to replace Travis, we found a replacement guitarist for Tom on this show."
Travis Barker performs with Blink-182, Leeds Festival 2014
ON THAT INITIAL "STATEMENT" THAT CAUSED THIS MESS YESTERDAY EVENING
Travis Barker: "Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before. It was always, "We're going to record an album," then "Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal." So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn't part of Blink-182. It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful. 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. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don't know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn't even listen to 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.
Hoppus: "His actions speak louder than whatever he feels compelled to write on an Instagram post. We've been trying to record an album for the better part of two years and we had agreed to go in to record and my guess is that Tom was embarrassed because he doesn't want to do Blink. I think that the fans know. Look at each of our social media accounts and look who talks and promotes Blink-182 or is excited about Blink-182. Travis and I were ready to walk into a studio January 5th. That speaks louder than anything."
ON USING THE BLINK-182 NAME IF TOM DOESN'T RETURN
Hoppus: "There are legalities involved with this. 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. I just want to go out and play Blink songs. I want to go out and play the songs that we've been spending the last 20 years of our lives writing. That's what Travis and I want to do. If Tom doesn't want to do that, which obviously he doesn't, that's OK. He doesn't have to be embarrassed or try to claim that he's secretly really working on Blink. People know what's up. C'mon, man."
ON LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN FOR TOM'S POTENTIAL RETURN
Hoppus: "Travis and I and the whole Blink-182 organization have bent over backwards for years to accommodate all of the stuff that Tom wanted to try. Tom calls up in October 2013 and says, "I want to do an EP for Christmas release." I live in London and five days later, I'm on an airplane to Los Angeles to record because he wanted to. We've done everything that we could to give Tom what he says he needs. It's been years of pushing back and 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. That's how it's felt for a long time.
When Tom finally said, "I'm not going to go into the studio or play this show," it was kind of a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it. But to then say, "I didn't quit the band," it's just not true. It's disingenuous. I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink-182 back from what we all agree that we're going to do: play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it."
To read the full Rolling Stone interview, head to this link.
UPDATE: following the publication of this interview, DeLonge tweeted - then deleted - the following:
Tweet reads: "A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis... Don't pretend there isn't more to this story."