Former frontman Tom DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba for the band’s show at The Roxy in LA last Wednesday (March 18), followed by subsequent shows in San Diego on Friday (March 20) and again at Travis Barker’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival on March 22 in Orange County, California.
Earlier this year Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus split from DeLonge after the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them. Following a statement from Hoppus and Barker asserting DeLonge had quit the band “indefinitely”, DeLonge denied the story.
Now, Barker’s Famous Stars and Straps clothing company are selling a t-shirt that reads: “Who The Fuck Is Matt Skiba?”. The bassist for Bad Religion recently wore the t-shirt at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival over the weekend. Buy the t-shirt here.
Travis Barker recently spoke for the first time following the band’s first live performances without former frontman Tom DeLonge, describing playing with the new line-up as “definitely a great feeling”.
Barker continued: “Oh, it was so fun ’cause you’re in a practice room for four weeks and I know how dope it sounds and I know how good the vibe is going, but no one else does. So it’s finally like, “Okay, we’ve heard Trav talk about it, we’ve heard Mark talk about it, we just witnessed it.'” Fans pretty much feel the same way. In San Diego during our encore, kids were chanting “Skiba, Skiba.” It was awesome. I’m glad we did them too because this is a lot of people just to walk out in front of for the first time.”
Meanwhile, DeLonge has revealed plans to release four albums and publish 15 novels this year. Yesterday (March 24), he unveiled an acoustic track called ‘The Invisible Parade’.