[artist id="1526529"]Travis Barker[/artist] has heard what both of his [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] bandmates have had to say about the status of the group's much-anticipated new album ... that it would be coming out in 2011 or, alternatively, that it would be coming out much sooner. And now, he's wading into the fray.
When MTV News caught up with Barker backstage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday — minutes after he rocked the stage with Lil Wayne, Eminem and Drake — we asked him for an update on Blink's follow-up to their self-titled 2003 effort. And, from the sound of things, it's gonna be a long year for Blink fans.
"We're about to start working on it. I'm gonna try to wrap up my album and, uh, Tom has his band, he's wrapping up that album, and then we'll start working on a Blink record," Barker said. "We go to Europe in August for all the festivals ... we do, like, six weeks out there, and then our album will come out probably early next year."
A spokesperson for Blink-182's label Interscope did not respond to MTV News' request for comment at press time.
So while the band seems to be following bassist Mark Hoppus' plan of "just getting back in the studio and do what we do," the fruits of that plan might not be heard for a while. But Barker maintains that a new Blink record is still very much the top priority for all three men, especially after they passed their first test — a high-profile reunion tour — with flying colors.
"This summer was the test, and we got out there, and it was the best time I've had playing with those two dudes in my life," Barker said. "It felt even better than old times, so I can't wait to do an album together again."
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