Travis Barker discussed recently meeting with his former Blink-182 bandmate Tom DeLonge in a new interview with Rock Sound magazine.
“On tour he was so hyped,” shrugs Travis. “He was like, ‘Dude this is so fun, we could make a great album, we’ve got to get in the studio when we get home’ and then we’d get home and I’d never hear from him.”
Mark Hoppus revealed that he has only met with DeLonge once in the last year and a half, while Barker said he still considers him a friend and sees him.
“We actually talked about it the other day and [Tom]’s like, ‘Well, you never called me either’” he insists. “I’d be like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ It’s like a girlfriend. Who knows why exactly I didn’t call him as much as I should have or he didn’t call me as much as he should have or Mark didn’t call – whatever – you just don’t know, but it just wasn’t happening and there was this disconnect. He lived so far away from us – two and a half, three hours away.”
“Everything was just always very difficult,” adds Mark. “Everything was always very contentious. There was always just a strange vibe. I didn’t know that Tom was going to quit necessarily, but I knew there was something wrong.”
Travis later said, “To this day he says, ‘My manager did it. I never even told him to do that,’ there’s so many different stories of how it went down, but no matter what, for me, when someone’s manager calls you and tells you that a person won’t be playing in the band indefinitely any more it’s a bum out. Probably more of a bum out than if he had just called. But there’s so much confusion going into it now that we talk about it today. It’s just a mess.”