Travis Barker did an interview with Faster Louder yesterday, and he hinted at Tom DeLonge possibly rejoining Blink-182, referring to him as currently having ‘time away from the band.’
“There were a few pretty clear problems with the Neighborhoods record. Jerry Finn, the producer we had worked with for so long, had just passed away. We were all disconnected – Tom had his studio, we had ours. I had survived a plane crash and was out of my mind. I saw some of my closest friends lose their lives. We were just trying to pull ourselves together. We had nobody there to be like, “That chorus could be bigger” or “this intro shouldn’t be so long.” There was no producer doing that, which I think is instrumental. You need that extra set of eyes and ears. It’s like a general contractor looking over a building. I think we just wanted to put something out. I still like the album, but I’m the kind who nitpicks a lot. Still, that was us trying to meet up and write again after so many years.
The same goes for Dogs Eating Dogs – there are great moments on there, but toward the end of Tom being in the band it really did become like pulling teeth for us. Tom wanted the band to be different. It didn’t make sense to me. We could sell out Reading and Leeds, play to 100,000 people – look at what they go crazy for. It’s all the fast, fun songs that people know this band for. I think Tom’s time away from the band will help him to realise what blink-182 does really is awesome. I hope it convinces him. I’m really proud of who we are and what we sound like.”