• Drummer Travis Barker has confirmed that the new Blink-182 album is finished. No release date has been set but Barker said the recording process is completely done. He explained, “It’s just a matter of picking what 12 to 14 songs are gonna be on the album. I think we wrote 26 or 27 — so right now everyone’s just pushing for their favorites.” The disc will be the band’s first since it replaced singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge with Matt Skiba. (Spin)
  • Keyboardist Chris Pitman, who may or may not still be part of Guns N’ Roses, is working with Tool on their long overdue new album. Pitman tweeted a photo over the weekend with the caption, “Studio nite, tracking, #dannycarey #beatrazr #kentbrisley #toolband.” Pitman has toured with Tool in the past, played on some studio recordings and participated in several Tool-related side projects. His status with G N’ R remains in question since he called the upcoming reunion shows a “nostalgia tour” before later apologizing. (Alternative Nation)
  • The 1975‘s second album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, debuted at Number One on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart Sunday night (March 6th), selling 108,000 total copies in all formats. I Like It When You Sleep also hit the top of the charts in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The band will hit the road for an extensive North American tour beginning in April to promote the album and its new single, “The Sound.” (Alternative Press)
  • Bring Me The Horizon appeared over the weekend on an episode of British variety show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. A fan’s grandmother got to hang out with the band, during which she asked frontman Oli Sykes to teach her how to scream. Her interaction with the band was part of a larger segment in which her family witnessed her doing various activities during the day about which they had no idea. (Alternative Press)
  • Two rare Smashing Pumpkins tracks have surfaced this week. The first is an alternate recording of “One And Two”, a song which originally appeared on ex-guitarist James Iha’s 1998 solo debut, Let It Come Down, although a demo version later showed up on the 2012 reissue of Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. This previously unheard version features William Corgan on vocals instead of Iha. The second track is “The Tracer,” which was part of a medley from the Pumpkins’ 1996 Zero EP featuring over 70 song snippets. (Alternative Nation)

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Travis Barker’s interview in which he talks about the new Blink album:

Watch the video for The 1975’s “The Sound”:

Here’s Bring Me The Horizon on the British variety show: