Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has spoken for the first time following the band’s first live performances without former frontman Tom DeLonge.
Earlier this year Barker and bandmate 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.
DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba at The Roxy in LA last Wednesday (March 18), followed by 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.
At the LA gig, Skiba performed with the pop-punk band for a greatest hits set which included a Misfits cover. Watch footage of ‘Feeling This’,’What’s My Age Again?’, ‘The Rock Show’, ‘Carousel’ and ‘Dammit’ here.
Now, Barker has spoken in interview with Billboard about the shows, 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.”
“It went off just like I thought it would. It was definitely a great feeling to see what I was feeling was reassured by the crowd response and by feedback via the Internet and social media.”
The drummer also encouraged fans to wear shirts that read ‘Who The Fuck Is Matt Skiba’, as the bassist for Bad Religion did at the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival, in an attempt to make light of the recent drama involving his band.
Elsewhere in the interview, Barker reveals that he’ll perform live with hip-hop duo Run The Jewels at Coachella festival in April. Barker featured on ‘All Due Respect’ from the band’s second album ‘Run The Jewels 2’.