On Feb. 16 the American punk-rock band Blink-182 announced that drummer Travis Barker will not be joining them on their Australian tour due to his fear of flying. Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion will be stepping in for Barker on Blink-182's overseas tour dates.
On the band's official Facebook page the members wrote:
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.
In Sept. of 2008 Barker was involved in a plane crash in which four people tragically lost their lives. The only survivors from the plane crash was Travis Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein). The two pilots, Barker's assistant Chris Barker, and his security guard Che Still did not survive the crash.
On Barker's official Facebook page he wrote:
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.
Blink-182 is currently touring in support of their most recent studio album, "Neighborhoods" and the band's "Dogs Eating Dogs" EP. The band's sixth studio album, "Neighborhoods" was released on Sept. 27, 2011 via DGC Records.
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