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Travis Barker Looks Back On Blink-182 Tour, Ahead With Solo Album

'It was the best tour of our lives, ever,' he says of roller-coaster summer.

Travis Barker has had some time to digest everything that happened during [article id="1616857"]Blink-182's reunion tour[/article]. It was a three-month roller-coaster ride that featured the highest of highs -- [article id="1617034"]sold-out venues[/article], [article id="1616860"]blissed-out crowds[/article], [article id="1617191"]high-flying drum solos[/article] -- and, with the shocking death of [article id="1619854"]Barker's friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein[/article], the absolute lowest of lows.

So last week, when MTV News spoke to him about his [article id="1626161"]upcoming solo album[/article], 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."

[article id="1626161"]Blink-182 canceled three shows[/article] in the wake of Goldstein's death and held a [article id="1620368"]moment of silence[/article] 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."

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