This Blink-182 article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor.
Drummer Travis Barker has confirmed that Blink-182 will be releasing a new album in 2016, in a reply to a fan on his Instagramphoto of him performing live with one of his bands Antemasque.
The fan asked what Barker’s plans are for 2016, and the drummer replied with a new Blink album,an album with rock band Antemasque (formed by former members of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta), two EP’s with punk/rap-rock supergroup Transplants and a new solo album, to follow up his debut solo release ‘Give the Drummer Some’ in 2011.
At the beginning of the year, long-time guitarist and co-vocalist Tom DeLonge split with the band (for the second time) and the public were smothered with numerous different conflicting statements from both Tom and the band, with what felt like a disheartening de-ja-vu return, to a state we thought the band were far past from.
After this departure, Matt Skiba, frontman of punk band Alkaline Trio, filled in for DeLonge on the remaining 2015 tour dates for Blink, and not long after was confirmed as the band’s permanent new member.
The new release will be the band’s latest album since ‘Neighborhoods’ in 2011, which came after their 2009 reunion after their extensive first split up, and the first to be in absent of Tom DeLonge and to feature Matt Skiba.
Blink’s massive array of die-hard fans have expressed either a strong distaste for Tom’s absence in the new record or excitement for Skiba’s inclusion. But whatever the opinions may be, we do know that this new album is a huge one to look out for in 2016.