Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker pulls out of Aussie tour
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has announced he won’t be joining his band mates on the Australian leg of their tour, having been unable to overcome his fear of flying.
Travis posted the news to Blink’s official Facebook page yesterday, explaining to disappointed fans the reason behind his decision.
“I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time I flew when my plane crashed and four people were killed, two being my best friends,” Barker wrote.
“I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me. I hope to come to Australia again someday perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I'm sorry to all the fans.”
The plane crash occurred on September 19 2008, when the chartered flight that Travis was on crashed while taking off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.
Travis’ assistant Chris Barker died along with two crew members and a security guard. The drummer’s close friend Adam Goldstein, AKA DJ AM, survived but died of an accidental drug overdose a year later.
Shortly after the announcement, the band took to Facebook again to let their fans know who Barker’s replacement will be.
“Since we now know we have to make the trip without Travis our friend Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D) has stepped in,” read the statement posted by Mark, Tom and Travis yesterday.
“We love our fans in Australia so canceling was not an option so we still plan to come and play some kick ass shows.”
Blink-182 is touring Down Under as part of the Soundwave festival, which kicks off in Brisbane on February 23. The first of the band’s sideshows is set for this Wednesday at Allphones Arena in Sydney.
Written by Lucy Slight