Reports of Blink-182's demise may be premature. Despite an announcement from the decade-old pop-punk band's record label on Tuesday that the trio was going on ''indefinite hiatus'' and had no plans to work together again, drummer Travis Barker said Wednesday that the three musicians just needed a break to spend some quality time with their children, and that they'll reunite when they feel ready.
''We're taking a break and letting everyone be creative on their time off, and have fun and come back when it's time and when it's ready and right,'' Barker said in a phone call to Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM. ''I believe there's great things in the future.''
Rumors that the hiatus was the result of infighting among Barker and bandmates Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus are untrue, the drummer said. ''I love those dudes; they're my brothers. I wanted to clear up the rumors of us fighting with each other or hating each other. It's just not true,'' Barker said. ''Right now, everyone's life is calling for something else. We want to enjoy ourselves and regroup and write a record when it's the right time.''
The ''something else'' is apparently family time; Barker will spend his in front of a camera for the MTV reality series Meet the Barkers, which premieres in April. ''We all have children, and I think it's a good time to be home with them. We leave them for five months at a time, so everyone is getting family time,'' Barker said. ''When it's time and we get our fix from our kids and we get enough quality time with our loved ones, then things will be right again and maybe we'll have a rad new Blink record.''