Travis Barker On Whether He’s Reconciled With Tom DeLonge And Mark Hoppus
Recently speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Blink-182’s Travis Barker discussed rebuilding his relationship with Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus after the reunion.
The drummer explained why patching up things with Hoppus and DeLonge was important to him:
“Having the ability to come together and fix the friendship and come back together as the brothers we are is so important to me because it allows me to be so insanely grateful for this and how it touches other people now. All I care about now is now I can really stand within this thing and also look outside of it, and look within, and see what it really is and what it’s doing for people and what it’s done for people.”
Elsewhere, Barker revealed that the aspect he missed most during their time apart was their’ friendship.’ He expressed that the unresolved tension in their relationship had left a lingering sense of unease. After saying that their bond is now back on solid ground, the rocker added:
“I just think having that weight off my heart and feeling closer to these guys really makes me able to see what this is and value it so much more and be so honestly happy for what it does for people.”
Meanwhile, Blink-182 is set to drop their long-awaited album, ‘One More Time,’ featuring the original lineup reuniting for the first time since 2011. The album will be released on October 20 through Columbia Records. Travis said the album reflected how their friendship grew stronger after he survived a plane crash, and Hoppus was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 51 in a recent video on the band’s YouTube, stating:
“On the album, ‘One More Time’ is written about ‘why does it take these catastrophes like me being in a plane crash or Mark being sick for our band to get back together.’ I always knew that the brotherhood wouldn’t ever deteriorate or it wouldn’t be there. I really feel like Blink is us three, and as soon as we accept that and don’t set off for anything less than that, I just think that’s the future.”
Last year, the trio officially announced their reunion with the debut of their lead single, ‘Edging,’ and the revelation of an extensive 2023 tour. This marked the return of DeLonge, who had been temporarily replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba for two albums in previous years.