Travis Barker Pulls Out of Blink-182’s Australian Tour Because of Flying Phobia

February 18, 2013

Travis BarkerBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker has pulled out of a tour of Australia, because he’s still traumatized about a plane crash he survived in 2008, and is too afraid to fly.

Barker has had a fear of flying since he was involved in a tragic plane crash five years ago that took the life of two of his staff and the plane’s crew.

In a Facebook post Barker wrote “I’m sorry to announce i won’t be joining Blink-182 on this Australian tour. I still haven’t gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time i flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends. 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 some day 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 band also made a statement on Facebook and said “The trip to Australia was planned during our European tour last summer. The band knew the chances of Travis overcoming his fear of flying, which was magnified after the horrible plane crash in 2008, would be a challenge, but we wanted to play for our fans in Australia nonetheless. The three of us tried all measures to get us all there in full form. Travis has been working to overcome his fear of flying. Since we now know we have to make the trip without Travis our friend Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D) has stepped in. We love our fans in Australia so canceling was not an option so we still plan to come and play some kick ass shows. Mark, Tom, and Travis”

Blink-182 will headline Soundwave Festival from February 23 to March 4.

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