Blink-182 will tour this month for the first time without drummer Travis Barker, who has given the band his blessing to play nine shows in Australia without him. According to Classic Rock, Barker was unable to overcome a fear of flying that he has had ever since he was nearly killed in a 2008 small plane crash that took the lives of four others. Joining Blink on the trek, which begins Wednesday (February 20th), will be Bad Religion and Tenacious D drummer Brooks Wackerman.
- The September 2008 crash killed four of the six people on board, including two of Barker's friends, and left him and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein both severely injured. Barker recovered but Goldstein later died from an addiction to the painkillers he took after the accident.
- Barker has traveled by boat for European tours, but traveling that way to Australia was not feasible this time.
- He said last year that he wanted to overcome his fear of flying, both for himself and his kids: "You know, I'm a father of three children, so I can't give up or I can't be defeated. I have to be strong. And then, you know, especially 'cause, you know, after Adam passed too, that was like, okay, now I've really got to get strong, you know."
- But Barker has now admitted that he couldn't do it, saying in a statement, "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. I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me . . . I'm sorry to all the fans."
- The other members of Blink said, "The band knew the chances of Travis overcoming his fear of flying 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 . . . We love our fans in Australia so canceling was not an option."
- Barker's brush with death was said to be the catalyst for the members of Blink, who were not speaking at the time, to get back together and ultimately begin touring and recording again.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Should Blink have stayed home out of respect to Travis?
- Or is it okay for the band to tour without Barker in a situation like this where he simply unable to do it?
- Do you have any fears or phobias that have prevented you from doing things in your life?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Perez Hilton-- agree or not?
Pete wrote: "Should be applauded for even trying to get on a plane after what he went through. Shame he never quite conquered his fear."
Hayley wrote: "that is really sad, but I'm glad he is being honest about why he won't be showing up. It's a lot better for him to be honest than to just not do it and have fans and other people criticize him and speculate possibly untrue reasons."
Moe wrote: "Good for him. The tragedy he suffered and the nightmares that must haunt him, I can't say I blame him."
jeff wrote: "Does anyone blame him? He went through a traumatic incident and it would be hard for anyone."
Blink-182's Travis Barker Says He Has To Be Strong For His Kids
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