Barker reveals how bandmates DeLonge and Hoppus reactivated “husband and wife” relationship while visiting him after his plane crash horror
Blink 182 put their differences behind them in 30 seconds of conversation at Travis Barker’s home, the drummer says.
The band went on indefinite hiatus amid acrimony in 2005 and the members felt there was a distinct possibility they’d never regroup.
But when Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus visited Barker following the plane crash which nearly killed him and took the lives of four others, the sparks of their old relationship reignited in moments.
And in retrospect, the drummer can’t see what had caused the fallout in the first place.
Barker tells Rolling Stone: “I’m sure it’s happened to other people in other fields. You get so consumed with work. You’re playing shows every day and you’re doing tour and tour, like we were ten years ago, and there’s no communication. Everyone’s burnt.
“The air was so thick around us back in the day you could cut it with a knife. It was so bad right before we broke up.
“At the time, if we had better management or some way to communicate, we would all have been in a better place.
“After my crash when Tom and Mark finally came to my house, about 30 seconds went by and Tom and Mark are telling dick jokes.
“It’s like, ‘Look, you dickheads didn’t talk to each other fir six years and now everything’s completely fine.’”
Barker describes his bandmates’ relationship as “husband and wife,” explaining: “I’d always tell them that I’d never seen two males that weren’t homosexual so close. And no ids to homosexual people, but I’d never seen two friends so close or anything like how Mark and Tom were.
“I always played the middle between them. I still do – I’m really close to Mark and I’m really close to Tom. It’s like a couple, but there’s three of us.”
Blink take a different approach to their working relationship these days: they all have separate managers and business advisors and even prepare for shows in separate dressing rooms.
But Barker believes that’s a natural progression and nothing to worry about. He says: “Everything else is the same; it’s the same great energy we had playing onstage back then.
“It’s not one of those situations where it’s the Eagles and everyone hates each others’ guts and they can’t stare at each other on stage.”