It’s kind of hard to believe, especially considering they have two records under their belt and a lineup that’s one-third Blink-182 and one-third Rancid, but the Transplants have never actually gone on a proper North American tour.
Sure, you can currently catch them on the Warped Tour (see “Warped Tour ’05: Backstage at the Punk Rock Circus” ), and they have played a whole bunch of radio fests across the country, but they’ve never launched a full-scale, headlining campaign.
Until now. Kind of.
Starting in November, the Transplants will embark on a co-headlining trek with bro-core legends Pennywise, according to the band’s label, Atlantic Records. And for Transplant Travis Barker — who’s been on countless jaunts around the world with his seemingly dozens of other musical projects over the years — the prospect of touring with Pennywise has got him super-psyched.
“To be out there with a band like Pennywise — who I grew up listening to and admire very much — is really exciting,” he said. “But it’s also exciting to finally get out there as the Transplants. When the last album came out, I had no time to do a big tour, because it was right back into Blink world. But this time out, we’re gonna make it up to our fans. Transplants and Pennywise, it’s a perfect match.”
While a full list of dates isn’t available yet, Atlantic said the tour will make stops in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego, and that a full itinerary will be released in the coming days. It’s expected to run into December.
Which is just about the time Barker said the Transplants will drop the chopped-and-screwed version of their Haunted Cities album (see “Transplants Team Up With Paul Wall For First Chopped-And-Screwed Rock LP” ). Add to that plans for another single (“What I Can’t Describe”) in the near future, and things are definitely looking a lot busier for Barker & Co.
“Man, our chopped-and-screwed album is coming out soon, we’ve got this tour with Pennywise, everything’s working on all cylinders,” Barker said. “Everything’s coming along just great. It’s all real and good. There’s no bullsh–t.”