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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker pulls out of Australian tour

It will come as a disappointment to Blink 182 fans, but drummer Travis Barker has pulled out of the Australian tour at the last minute.

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Blink 182 will be hitting Australia’s shores for the Soundwave Festival, but Travis who almost died in a plane crash in 2008 has yet to get over his fear of flying.

“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,” Travis posted to his fans.

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“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,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there wasn’t a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I’m sorry to all the fans.”

Blink 182 also made a statement:

“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 band said.

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“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.”

Drummer Brooks Wackermas from Bad Religion and Tenacious D has stepped in to drum for the band during their Aussie tour.

“We love our fans in Australia so cancelling was not an option so we still plan to come and play some kick ass shows. Mark, Tom, and Travis,” the band said.

Soundwave tickets are sold out around the country, with shows in Brisbane (Feb. 23), Sydney (Feb. 24), Melbourne (March 1), Adelaide (March 2) and Perth (March 4). Blink 182 are also playing their own sideshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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