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KROQ presents Blink-182 at the Hollywood Palladium on November 6th and 7th! The band is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their iconic “Untitled” release and will be performing the album in its entirety, as well as other classic Blink songs.

In an in-studio interview with Kevin & Bean this morning, Travis Barker of Blink-182 stopped by to talk about their intimate upcoming shows, how Blink-182 are talking about a new album coming out in 2014, how he never stops drumming, how he keeps in “fighting” shape, when his kids are allowed to get their first tattoo, and what it will be like playing their 2003 self-titled album from back to front, especially since they will be playing many of the songs live for the first time. Frontman Mark Hoppus even called in to join the interview and weigh in on this rare endeavor.

“I don’t like to rest, man,” said Barker, talking about how he watched this big UFC card this weekend, he still sat in front of his television with a practice pad. “ I get hyped up off it. I guess when you’ve played the drums for this long…I just want to take it to the next level.”

“My drumming got faster and faster as the fights continued, it was crazy,” joked Barker. To say in his own “fighting” shape, Barker says he runs four or five times a week for five to six miles, has a strength and conditioning couch, and does jiu jitsu with his kids because he likes the “respect and discipline that comes with martial arts.” This keeps him primed to tour as they have two-hour sets. “I have to go 110%,” said Barker.

Both of Barker’s kids love punk rock and look up to their tatted-up drum genius father. “They bug me for them already,” said Barker of his tattoos and his son’s coming of age. “I tell him when he’s sixteen we’ll have that conversation and I have to talk his mom into it.”

For the band, their sonic coming of age came when they released their 2003 “Untitled” album. On the phone from London, Hoppus says that he’s really “proud of that record.”

“It was definitely a change in our attitude as a band, the way we thought of ourselves, the way we thought of our music…we strived for this to be our ‘Pet Sounds’ or our ‘White Album,” said Hoppus alluding to the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and other “bands that break out and do something different.”

“I’m really proud of what we came up with,” said Hoppus. Since it’s been ten years since the album came out and Blink-182 hasn’t played most of the songs live since they recorded them, the band is rehearsing tirelessly. They will only have four or five days of actual band rehearsal time. One of Hoppus’ tactics to learning the album is to listen to it and play his bass along with it. He also admitted to taking to the internet for guidance.

“Sadly, there’s been a couple of times where I’ve had to go on Google and remember the lyrics of a song that I wrote myself,” confessed Hoppus. He joked that Barker has always been so good at his instrument that he has no room for progress, while Hoppus has plenty of room to grow. To illustrate this, Hoppus said that sometimes people come up to him and say “My son started playing guitar a year ago and he knows all your guys’ songs.”

But that doesn’t mean the fans don’t want to hear more Blink-182 music. It’s been two years since they’ve released Neighborhoods and the band said that they are “all intent on going into the new year with new music.”

“We’ve already been talking about new music for awhile…we want to have to have new music come out in 2014.” In an effort to get with the times, Blink-182 are going to revamp their site including a place for fans to go. In fact, the band says that their two shows at the Palladium are “for the fans.”

“It’s something special. It’s the 10-year mark of this album. We just did a run…but this is solely purely for our fans. It’s like a way of giving back and really celebrating an album that was alike a turning point for our career.” Their performance at the Red Bull Sound Space will be even more special.

“The intimacy of a small venue where you can feed off a crowd, it’s just way better,” said Travis. “I like when a person can spit on you. “

The band will also be performing live in the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ on November 7th at 11:45am PT!

Tickets for the Palladium shows go on sale Friday, October 25th at 10am via

The band’s Red Bull Sound Space performance will be webcast live on, and will be available to watch for 24 hours following the show.

The Red Bull Sound Space is our own private 300-capacity venue at the KROQ studios which has boasted acts like Thirty Seconds To Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Fall Out Boy, The Black Keys, Matt & Kim, Pennywise, Bad Religion and many more since its inception in October 2011. Fans are treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience where they get to enjoy today’s best bands up close and personal.

Want to be a part of the intimate crowd for this show? Click the link below and enter to win tickets now!


–Nadia Noir, KROQ 


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