These are not the best times for Blink-182 fans. For those who need an update: In January a note circulated claiming guitarist Tom DeLonge had left the band and would be replaced at live shows by Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. DeLonge jumped on Facebook to say he never quit the band. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker immediately went on the record with Rolling Stone to call DeLonge "ungrateful" and "disingenuous." Tom went back on Facebook to try to clear things up, but the sh*tstorm wasn't so easy to quell.
Today, Alternative Nation has hopped on the phone with Travis Barker—again—for more on the story. Here we go:
"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."
It doesn't end there. "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," Barker continued. "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."
Barker even hinted that DeLonge sometimes hasn't even played on the band's studio cuts. "We are two weeks in to practice and [Matt Skiba] is killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools." OH SNAP!