Travis Barker has had some time to digest everything that happened during Blink-182's reunion tour. It was a three-month roller-coaster ride that featured the highest of highs — sold-out venues, blissed-out crowds, high-flying drum solos — and, with the shocking death of Barker's friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, the absolute lowest of lows.
So last week, when MTV News spoke to him about his upcoming solo album, we asked for his reactions on the Blink tour and how he coped with Goldstein's death while in the midst of it all.
"No doubt, it was the best tour of our lives, ever. The most fun I've ever had on a Blink tour with Mark and Tom," Barker said. "[I] couldn't have got through the lowest of lows on that tour without Mark and Tom, so it was a blessing in disguise. ... I couldn't imagine being anywhere else when any of the bad news or the unfortunate things happened this summer. I couldn't have been in a better place than with two of my best friends."
Blink-182 canceled three shows in the wake of Goldstein's death and held a moment of silence for him during their set. Barker said he'll never forget that night — or any night of the tour, for that matter — and, like all things in life, the page must be turned. So with the events of this past summer behind him, he's moving ahead with his solo record — and still squeezing in the occasional studio session with Hoppus and DeLonge too.
"The rest of the year, I'm gonna finish my record, I'm gonna work with Mark and Tom here and there," he said. "My goal is to have [the solo record] ship by March or April and do a small tour too. In a perfect world, there will be a video before the end of the year too. I'm concentrating on the music side of things now."