Pranks are a dicey act to undertake. There’s very little gray area with them — they either work or they don’t. They’re either way too far over the line or way under the line. They are either fun, good-hearted pranks or no good, do you have a soul pranks. It’s a tough business.
Musician pranks can be particularly nasty business, and the latest example of rocker-on-rocker pranking we have today shows the depths to which these disgusting monsters will go. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and his bandmates were being interviewed by Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ at the Weenie Roast Festival (the 24th incarnation of the legendary festival), and the band was asked if they were going to check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ set (this was prior to Anthony Kiedis’ health issues later on that day). And while they said they’d be in attendance, Barker dropped a tasty little nugget of a story about Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, and sprayed urine.
“When we were in Australia, Chad Smith would pee in Taylor Hawkins’ [electric] fan,” Barker remembered. “It was the worst practical joke ever. I don’t think he’d appreciate if I peed on his fan but if I can get onstage then I’ll try.”
Right off the bat, I would say that no, Smith would probably not appreciate Barker peeing into his fan, largely because I don’t think anyone would appreciate that. That’s not something you appreciate. You appreciate fine wine, not fan-propelled urine. This also happened back in 2000, when Blink-182 was on tour with the Chili Peppers and the Foos on the Big Day Out festival. That’s 16 years ago. All of the parties involved are older and presumably wiser, more mature, and dryer. A suitable prank now would be hiding their therapeutic heating pad that they use after their set.
You can watch the full interview below. Barker discusses Urinegate around the seven minute mark.
Both Blink-182 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have new albums coming out soon, with Blink’s California set to be released on July 1 and the Chili Peppers’ The Getaway slated for a June 17 release. The Chili Peppers have been sidelined this week as their frontman Anthony Kiedis recovers from a trip to the hospital for intestinal flu.