Rockers Blink 182 had to cancel a string of US shows this week after drummer Travis Barker underwent emergency surgery.
“Travis Barker required an urgent tonsillectomy with a recovery period expected to extend beyond the scheduled tour dates,” read a statement on the band’s official website.
“The band apologizes for any inconvenience as a result of these cancelations and thanks their fans for their ongoing support.”
The official Blink 182 website was quick to point out that the cancellation will not affect any of their European tour dates in June, and that ticket holders of the canned May gigs would be offered a full refund (except for those heading to Bamboozle).
This isn’t the first time Travis’ misfortunes have messed with tour dates. Back in 2004 Blink were forced to postpone their Australian tour when Barker broke his foot after playing a gig in Melbourne, and in 2006 while on tour with +44 he was forced to play with only one arm when multiple fractures were discovered in his right forearm.
But it was an accident which brought Blink 182 out of retirement in 2008. The band decided to reform after members Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus visited Barker in hospital following a horrific South Carolina plane crash where he and DJ AM were the only survivors.
Written by Joshua Duncan