Well, I guess this is growing up: Blink-182 have been taking swipes at one another for the past few weeks once news came out that vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge had left the band again. Both vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker have sent barbs DeLonge’s way (who, to his credit, has remained largely respectful of his now-former bandmates, while simultaneously singing “I Miss You” for 10 hours straight). Now, add one more to the pile: In a recent interview, Barker compliments DeLonge’s replacement, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, while simultaneously accusing him of not being able to sing harmonies nor play guitar live. Barker comments:
“Alkaline Trio toured with Blink–182 for awhile as an opener band. We are two weeks in to practice and [Skiba’s] killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools. It’s just fresh blood and having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference. In general, Skiba has a really charming voice and it couldn’t be a better fit.”
Ouch! I guess no one ever told Travis Barker that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. Maybe we should all just sing the chorus of “Josie” one more time to remind ourselves that everything’s gonna be fine.
(h/t Property Of Zack)