Former Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, who recently split with his wife, have combined for the band Plus 44 (+44). The album is titled When Your Heart Stops Beating, and it will be out November 14. The outfit reunites two out of three Blink members, with Tom Delonge concentrating on his Angels And Airwaves project.
Barker had played in Delonge's sideband Boxcar Racer before re-teaming with Hoppus for Plus 44. Hoppus talked about the relationship he shares with the talented Barker.
"Oh, it's great. Yeah. Travis and I since Day 1 have always worked great together. He's introduced me to so many different ideas in music that I wouldn't have gotten introduced to before. Travis has the most schizophrenic tastes in music than anyone I have ever met. He'll come one day and say, 'You've got to check out this rock band,' and it'll be some way out metal rock band. And then the next day he'll say, 'Check out this hip-hop artist.' And the next day he'll come with something like Tatu, those two Russian singers, you know, and he'll love that. He always has really great tastes in music and he's always introducing me to stuff, so I think we work really well together, for sure."
The album is produced by Jerry Finn, and fans can finally check the band out on the Bamboozle Left festival on October 14 in California. A full itinerary has not been released at press time.
Nei prossimi anni spero di fare un altro album con i Transplants. Amo suonare con quei ragazzi
Good Day at 7th Avenue Drop
Clicca qui per vedere il video Good Day suonata al 7th Avenue Drop.
JUST GOT HOME FROM DISNEYLAND WIT MY LIL' HUMANS AND FINALLY UPDATING THE OLD BLOG. THIS WEEK HAS BEEN FU***** AWESOME....CAN WE GIVE A HAND TO "TATTOO" FROM POWER106 FOR TAKING THAT BEATING ON HIS BELLY.....MAN WHAT A TROOPER AND PROPS TO THEM FOR THE NEW AT 2 AND PLAYING THAT TOO-SHORT TRACK. ALSO THANK U FOR ALL THE KOOL COMMENTS REGARDING THE FAMOU$ TRACK. WERE(FAMOU$) BOUT' 2 DEBUT OUR NEW LINE "FSAS" (LIMITED EXCLUSIVE TEE'S... I CANT WAIT) AS WELL AS THE FAMOU$ STAR$ & STRAP$ LINE @ MAGIC AND HAVING THE FUNNEST FLYEST PARTY EVER....(there is a post on the famous stars and straps site wit all the info)THIS SEASON IS GONNA BE KRAZY.....ON A NOTHER NOTE~I WAS JUST IN THE STUDIO PLAYING DRUMS ON A COUPLE AVRIL LEVINE SONGS THAT ARE GRRRRREAT... +44 IS PRACTICING EVERYDAY:)AND IM RECORDING DRUMS FOR A BAND CALLED IDIOT PILOT TOMMORROW(THEY'RE REALLY GOOD). WELL THANK U FOR ALL THE COMMENTS AND SUPPORT....SEE YA' IN VEGA$:)
I Plus 44 suoneranno in Francia al Trabendo a Parigi il 20 settembre alle 19:30. Puoi comprare i biglietti cliccando qui.
Suoneranno anche in Germania al Backstage (Werk) a Monaco il 26 settembre alle 20:00. Clicca qui per comprare i biglietti.
Plus 44 in Italia!
I Plus 44 suoneranno in Italia il 28 settembre a Milano al Raimbow Club. I biglietti saranno in vendita molto presto e costeranno 20,70€. Il concerto inizierà alle 21:00. Puoi comprare i biglietti cliccando qui.
Plus 44 UK show
Punktastic può rivelare che il nuovo gruppo di Mark Hoppus e Travis Barker, i Plus 44, suoneranno il loro primo concerto nel Regno Unito alla London Astoria il 19 settembre. I biglietti saranno in vendita dal 2 settembre.
Gli Angels And Airwaves non hanno vinto ai Kerrang Awards
Il premio come Best International Newcomer va agli Aiden che battono oltre agli Angels And Airwaves anche i Panic! At The Disco.
Best international newcomer was presented to theatrical Seattle group Aiden, who beat among others high-profile new acts Panic! At The Disco and Angels And Airwaves, the supergroup formed by Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge.
The follow-up to Splinter will be released sometime in late 2006/early 2007. The Offspring is still looking for a producer to record it.
This album will also be their first release with new drummer Atom Willard, who replaced longtime drummer Ron Welty in 2003 before the release of their last album.
Willard is still busy touring with Tom DeLonge (of Blink-182)'s Angels and Airwaves and promoting their latest album We Don't Need to Whisper. However, Holland has released a statement saying that Willard has not left the band.
Plus-44 Address Blink Breakup On LP, Want Fans To 'Hear The Truth'
Album 'is about everything that's happened and the ugly feelings left over afterwards,' says Mark Hoppus.
In the 18 months following the announcement of the Blink-182 hiatus, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker decided not to do any interviews. During that time, their former bandmate, Tom DeLonge, did the opposite, peppering blogs and magazines with quotes hyping his new band and putting the blame for the Blink situation squarely on their shoulders.
While it sometimes pained them to do so, Hoppus and Barker still refrained from speaking to the media, instead burying themselves in the recording of the debut album by their new band, Plus-44.
Now, with Plus' album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, "99 percent finished," the guys are embarking on a press blitz of their own.
"We just bit our tongues and didn't say anything, and now that the record is done, we get the chance to tell the truth about everything," Hoppus said. "We want to say, 'Here's the truth about Blink, here's the truth about Plus-44.' We're not talking sh-- — we just want our fans to know the truth about everything."
"We were silent for a year, and we couldn't put into words what we were doing, so we just decided not to say anything and let the music speak for itself," Barker added. "Now it's time for people to hear that music and hear the truth."
That truth — about the past 18 months of their lives — percolates throughout Heart, a point made by Hoppus during Plus' first-ever interview last month, and one that both he and Barker expounded on in their second chat with MTV News.
"The whole album is about everything that's happened, including Blink, and the ugly feelings that were left over afterwards," Hoppus said. "Lyrically, it's some of the most positive stuff I've ever written, but it's also some of the darkest sh--, too. And I'm incredibly proud of it all."
"Ever since the whole Blink thing went down, we were left on our own, we were the underdogs," Barker added. "We had a year's worth of touring planned, we were writing a record, and all of a sudden [Tom] just dropped the ball. And while we were still on tour, he was having discussions with us about, 'Oh, I can't wait until we're doing this 20 years from now.' So now, with Plus-44, my attitude is like, 'F--- you, watch me do this 20 years from now.' "
Hoppus said there will be 11 songs on Heart — which is due November 14, according to Plus' label, Interscope Records — including the title track (which is shaping up to be the first single), "Little Death," "Chapter 13" (a "straight-up spastic tune," according to Barker) and "No It Isn't," a song that leaked earlier this year and created quite a stir because it seemed to address the Blink situation head-on.
"Yeah, that one is absolutely about the end of Blink," Hoppus said. "We leaked it online almost a year ago, in a demo version, and it's one of the few songs that's only changed a little bit."
With the record nearly done, Plus-44 are now gearing up to hit the road, lining up dates for a North American tour scheduled to kick off in late October. And while Barker has been dealing with some personal stuff — chiefly the divorce petition he filed against his wife (and former "Meet the Barkers" co-star) Shanna Moakler earlier this month — he maintains that he's eagerly looking forward to the time on the road.
"Anytime I'm struggling or in a place where I have to keep my head above water, it always makes me get even deeper into my music," he said. "So yeah, I'm really looking forward to getting out there and playing. In a way it's weird, because this band has been about making the best out of a f---ed-up situation, and now this tour is, too. I feel like every few years something goes down with me where I have to prove myself again. And that's what this is, but it only makes me stronger."
ALMOST MIDNIGHT IN THE WE$T, MOONS LIT, FREAKS ARE OUT NOT FAR AWAY, I CAN HEAR THE WAVES CRASH IT'S SO QUIET HERE. YOU CAN SK-8 FOR MILES AT THIS TIME AND NEVER SEE A SOUL....IT'S AMAZING. IM ALMOST FINISHED WIT SOMETHING ALL YOU FAMOU$ STAR$ & STRAPS FANS WILL ENJOY....IT'S SICK. I SHOULD BE POSTING IT TOMMORROW:)AND FOR ANY OF YOU WHO LISTEN TO 105.9 POWER 106 BIG BOY IN THE MORNIN'....LISTEN TUES 7AM, IT;S GOIN' DOWN. ALSO SOME NEW LIMITED EDITION COLORWAYS FOR MY DC SHOE TO BE RELEASED THIS DECEMBER:) I'LL BE POSTING SOME NEW AM/TRVS SHOW INFO. SOON AS WELL. AS YOU CAN SEE SUICIDAL HAS TAKEN OVER MY JUKEBOX...I LISTEN TO IT ON THE DAILY....IT'S A SONG YOU ONLY WISH YOU COULD CRUMBLE UP AND THROW AT SOMEBODY...HAHAHA
Travis Barker isn't keeping quiet about the reasons he's divorcing his wife and Meet the Barkers costar Shanna Moakler.
On Aug. 14 – a week after he filed for divorce – Barker, 30, posted a scathing message on his MySpace.com page accusing Moakler, 31, of partying hard, not spending enough time with their kids (Landon, 2, and Alabama, 7 months) and sleeping too much.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Barker explains, "I was hearing things in the press that Shanna was saying about me and it got to the point where it got so foul and so false that I wanted my fans to hear from me directly."
Moakler fired back to PEOPLE, "(His) airing of our dirty laundry in the media is not conducive to the well-being of my children, and I want no part of it."
On Tuesday, Barker talked to PEOPLE about what went wrong in his marriage, a certain egg-throwing problem and the MTV curse.
PEOPLE: How are you doing? Are you angry or sad? BARKER: I'm not in the angry phase at all because I'm still absolutely in love with Shan. It feels weird to not wake up to my children every day, to be honest. But I sneak over every morning to see the babies.
PEOPLE: Do they understand what's going on? BARKER: Well, 'Bam is seven months old. She just pisses herself when she sees me because she's so excited because she was used to seeing me so much during the day. And my son just thinks I'm working like crazy right now.
PEOPLE: When did things start going downhill with you and Shanna? BARKER: About a year ago. I don't know if it was me touring and me constantly getting accused of things. She was unfortunately in a relationship before where someone was unfaithful to her and she told me when we first met that it scared her. I understood that going into it, but I didn't know it would be to the extreme that it was. To the point where I couldn't have friends that were girls and I couldn't hang out with my guy friends. They would get egged if they came to my house.
PEOPLE: Wait, is that a metaphor? BARKER: There were times where I'd be accused of whatever. She'd say I was a bad father, just saying she hated me or whatever. Then I would leave the house because I couldn't take it. My manager would pick me up and he would get served with a dozen eggs. This would happen on the daily. This would happen on the weekly.
(Through her rep, Moakler responds: "I did egg his manager's car on one occasion and at the time it was well deserved and well worth it.")
PEOPLE: You said you tried therapy. Did it help? BARKER: I think therapy is super effective if both people are willing to be honest and if they are willing to listen and to really deal with the problem. Nobody's right or wrong in what happened between Shanna and I. I grew up different than her.
PEOPLE: What were those differences? BARKER: I came from a broken home. Through the process of my parents getting a divorce, my mom died (of cancer). And, that being said, I want everything I didn't have growing up. It would be crazy for me not to. I wanted much more for my children. I wanted a mom (for my kids) that would wake up before 3 in the afternoon. I wanted a mom who wouldn't stumble in at 4 in the morning after me not knowing where she is.
PEOPLE: You felt you and Shanna were focused on different things? BARKER: Yeah. I think the priority should be the kids. My No. 1 priority is my children – more than the studio, more than my clothing line, more than my skateboard room or my Cadillac, anything. We didn't have that same feeling. She didn't prioritize our life and our family in the same way I do.
PEOPLE: Some examples? BARKER: If I had to go out at midnight to work, like if I had a show with DJ AM, my wife then goes, "He's out having fun." She'll get mad that I'm working at a place where she'd just like to go out and get drunk. And she'll go, "Well, you were out." No, I was working. I was performing.
PEOPLE: What will you do differently next time? BARKER: I like falling in love. I'll follow my heart. I don't have any plans right now. I'd love to hang out with a girl and have a friend for company. But I can't even think about that right now.
PEOPLE: Do you plan to keep your "Shanna" tattoos? BARKER: It's part of my life and I love her. It's not like I've written her off or anything. If anything, it's a time in your life. You are documenting the time in your life.
PEOPLE: Did she give her 4-carat Cartier engagement ring back? BARKER: She can wear it on her right finger.
PEOPLE: You're not asking for it back? BARKER: No.
PEOPLE: Do you think there's an MTV curse? You and Shanna, Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have all split after having reality shows about your marriages. BARKER: I do. I think putting your relationship out there for people to interpret and have their own opinion about, I think it's crazy. Ours was different 'cause it showed a young couple who could still get down and reach for their goals and dreams. But I still feel like it puts a lot of stress on the relationship.
TODAY IS A NEW DAY, MY HOTEL IS STILL HERE, THE SUNS OUT, MY CADILLAC HAS A FULL TANK OF GAS AND THE CITY IS PULSING. YESTERDAY WAS MY FIRST TIME TALKING THRU MYSPACE OR ANY WEBSITE, THE AMOUNT OF EMAILS AND SUPPORT I RECIEVED FROM U GUYS WAS KRAZY. I'M MOVING ON, MOVING UP AND LIFE IS WHAT I MAKE OF IT. WANTED TO UPDATE EVERYBODY AND LET YOU KNOW EXPENSIVE TASTE RECORD IS ALMOST FINISHED AS WELL AS THE +44 RECORD, YOU'LL BE HEARING THAT ONE SOONER THAN YOU THINK. AND HEADS UP, AUGUST 29TH, SO-SO-DEF/FAMOUS STARS AND STRAPS PARTY FOR MAGIC AT THE PALMS(GHOST BAR). ALSO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR A LIMITED SK-8 BOARD DGK/FAMOUS COLLABO. IT'S GOING DOWN....TALK SOON. Tr@Vi$
Periodo difficile per l'ex Blink 182 Travis Barker.
Il batterista ha ufficializzato ieri il divorzio dalla moglie Shanna Moakler, dopo soli 22 mesi di matrimonio. Le vicende coniugali della coppia erano state sotto l'occhio della telecamera fin dai primi giorni di matrimonio per il reality di MTV USA, "Meet The Barkers", in onda anche in Italia. Travis e Shanna - che apparivano innamoratissimi nello show - hanno tre figli: Atiana (7 anni), che la Moakles ha avuto da una precedente relazione, Landon (2 annni) e Alabama, di soli sette mesi. Una coincidenza appare inquietante: tutte le coppie (Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey, Carmen Electra-Dave Navarro) che hanno partecipato a reality di MTV si sono separate prima o poi. Eccetto, naturalmente i veterani Osbourne e Britney Spears e Kevin Federline, anche se in quest'ultimo caso i pettegolezzi su presunte rotture non mancano mai.
Buon compleanno a Ava DeLonge!!! Oggi compie 4 anni!!!
here i am. in my studio. alone. except for all the people here with me. like who, you ask?
there's james and chris. they're here because well, they're always here. they work here. they're always here.
and then there's michael and daniel from idiot pilot. they're here because we're doing some sweet preproduction for their upcoming record. its going to be expletive-ing great. and not just because of the music we're making. but also because by next week's podcast. four your listening pleasure, michael will have recorded a hot 16-bar verse of such amazing lyrical content that it will surely make something something. i just got too lazy to make a joke there, but let's just pretend it was funny and we'll all feel better about ourselves.