According to Pusle of Radio Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker revealed more details about why the band split with singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge in a new interview with Drum magazine, saying, “We would do huge tours and the whole time Tom would be like, ‘We gotta make a huge album, we gotta get in the studio right when we get back.’ Then we’d never hear from him. He’d go ghost. After doing that for so long, the last attempt to make an album, he was like, ‘I refuse to be in the studio without a record deal in place.’ So, we go and sign this record deal, just so we can get this guy in the studio to work. Then he quits the band.”

Barker added, “Make no mistake, Tom’s a great songwriter. I think he outgrew being in a punk rock band. I think he wanted to change the sound of the band, which I don’t mind, if the sound progresses. It was hard to get in the studio with someone who was playing songs by other bands and trying to write songs just like them. It was frustrating. It was shouting out ‘identity crisis!’ to me.”

  • DeLonge left Blink-182 in early 2015 after refusing to record with the band. He was replaced by Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba.
  • Blink’s seventh studio album and first with Skiba, California, arrives on July 1st. The band issued the first single from the disc, titled “Bored To Death,” in late April.
  • Barker said about the new disc, “We’ve made a better record than I think we’ve put out in the last 10 years . . . Very modern, yet still giving the fans what Blink-182 has always been. There’s a new energy. It’s the greatest energy the band has felt in years.”
  • Blink will tour this summer with A Day to Remember, All-American Rejects and All Time Low.