Over the weekend, BLINK 182 drummer TRAVIS BARKER put on a GIANT festival show in Los Angeles
I’m a big fan of the PUNK rawk, (which is why I do a show on Sunday nights called SLCPUNX hint hint) So I was stoked about a giant show featuring Goldfinger, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, and The Aquabats! I did not go, but thanks to my magic window called the internet, I was able to observe some of the show without buying a ticket or watching a bunch of people smoke weed on the beach waiting for one original member of Sublime to play.
In 1998, the Aquabats released what is universally considered to be their “best” album, which featured a track called “Super Rad”. At that time, Barker was known as the “BARON VOT TITO”, the crime-fighting drummer for the ‘Bats until joining Blink a year later. (He replaced Scott Raynor who I assume is eating a Hot Pocket at this very moment)
There was some bad blood between the two bands for a time, and Barker and the ‘Bats were not on great terms.. BUT! It seems that those days have past, and Barker rejoined the ‘Bats on stage for a bit for the second time this month, 20 years after the album came out. Some people won’t care, but I thought it was pretty damn cool.