According to published reports Travis Barker, legendary Punk drummer known for Blink-182 and The Transplants, creator of MusInk festival, and producer of pop stars like Willow, Avril Lavigne, Machine Gun Kelly and others, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. His condition is unknown at the present time, but he tweeted ominous “God Save Me” while en route to the hospital, and his daughter posted asking for prayers for her father as well. Travis has wed two months ago to celebrity Kourtney Kardashian, and had recently had his home profiled on HGTV where he discussed working from his home studio and the current state of his happy life. We’ll update this news and follow up with more information as it develops. Get well soon Travis!
The revolution has been a long time coming.
It has been over thirty-five years since Anthrax ode to the Beastie Boys ‘I’m The Man’ laid the foundations for the much more widely celebrated and successful crossover collaboration with Public Enemy, ‘Bring The Noise’. Since then, integration of beats, metal, black and urban musical cultures has been threatened, and, despite a burst in the nineties (Pitchshifter, Atari Teenage Riot, et al, as well as the appropriation of The Prodigy into our world, and releases like Nine Inch Nails’ Fixed – all on a much more mainstream and palatable style than the hardcore destruction of Ho99o9), and sporadic standalone artists in between, it is only as we stumble through our modern-day hell with albums like Code Orange’s Forever and acts like Backxwash that it seems that the ideas and opportunities of such fusion are being revisited with violent intent.
Hot on the heels of announcing his new album, Born With Horns, rap rocker Machine Gun Kelly has dropped a new single, the first, and video for the track “Papercuts.” The clip was directed by Cole Bennett is great! Travis Barker is in the video and will serve as the project’s executive producer for the second consecutive album. Last week, MGK delivered a surprise performance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival. There, he performed “my ex’s best friend,” “bloody valentine,” and a cover of Paramore’s “Misery Business” for his fans. In the same way MGK does everything big, the “Papercuts” video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and the ViacomCBS Times Square billboard. Watch it now! Continue reading
Atreyu has shared two new singles as a surprise to fans one day earlier than promised. The band has shared “Warrior,” featuring Travis Barker of Blink-182 and The Transplants, and “Underrated” on all streaming services. These are the first new songs since their last single, “Save Us” – the first new single with Brandon Sallor as the permanent lead singer, in place of Alex Varkatzas. The new permanent Atreyu drummer is Saller’s Hell Or Highwater bandmate Kyle Rosa, who had filled in for Saller on drums in 2019 after Varkatzas sat out of their last European tour while dealing with serious back and hernia issues.
Artists and political activists FEVER 333 have shared their new music video for “Wrong Generation”, the title track for their new EP out now! The video, which was directed by Djay Brawner, sees Travis Barker joining in on drums and is streaming now on the band’s official YouTube channel.
Whether you know him from his decade-long rap career, role as Felix in Birdbox, spot-on portrayal of Tommy Lee in The Dirt, comedian Pete Davidson’s BFF, or Megan Fox’s new beau, Machine Gun Kelly, born Colson Baker, has left footprints across the entertainment industry. Hot off a summer full of home-recorded covers and his first MTV Video Music Award, MGK takes another step in a new direction with his fifth studio album, Tickets to My Downfall (Bad Boy/Interscope), wearing his heart on his sleeve for 13 tracks (and 2 interludes) of pop-punk magic. Most fittingly, the new release was executively produced by Blink 182’s Travis Barker, who Baker first collaborated with last summer on “I Think I’m Okay,” along with Brit bud Yungblud. It’s no surprise the album sounds as if it could have been born during the early-2000’s pop-punk heyday. Though TTMD is a change of pace from MGK’s typical style, it does not fully abandon his roots, highlighting a multitude of hip-hop guests and beats, party songs, and pop anthems. In fact, he has consistently cited various rock acts as influences, so it was only a matter of time until he fully submerged himself in the genre.
As reported previously, Post Malone held a livestream concert last night for charity via his YouTube channel. He performed Nirvana “hits and fan favorites” while raising money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Among the musicians backing Post during the performance is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Throughout the show, Google will match all donations at up to $5 million, with all proceeds going to the UN Foundation. Not only did Posty have Kurt Cobain widow and co-estate executor Courtney Love’s blessing, Nirvana member Krist Novoselic watched the stream and tweeted his support and delight at the covers. Watch now! Continue reading
Machine Gun Kelly is currently working on a Pop-Punk album due out at later date in 2020. He shared this viral video of Travis Barker of Blink-182, who is working on the album with him, jamming virtually on a cover of Paramore‘s all-time classic anthem, “Misery Business”. The viral video already has almost 2 million views in just a few days. Check out the video and follow the Soundcloud below for more MGK punk goodness! Continue reading
The Punk Rock MBA has made a living (actually) on their ‘What Killed the Genre” series of videos on their YouTube channel. Now he has posted a new video making a case for the fact that Rock is Dying or already dead if you watch the video. He makes a fair, data-driven case. Of course, he is talking about mass appeal and popularity, the rock and metal underground has never been stronger in our opinion. He mentions Slipknot, Metallica, Tool, Blink-182, Ghost, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit, The Used, but also Travis Scott (and Kylie Jenner), Riot Fest, Download Festival, Self-Help Fest, Wacken Open Air, and more. Continue reading
Travis Barker returned to the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to present (alongside So-Cal radio station KROQ) the twelfth consecutive year of Musink—the end-all festival of music, tattoos, and custom cars.Continue reading