Feb 18 Travis Barker will skip the Australian
tour of pop-punk band Blink-182, citing a long-term fear of
flying that worsened after he survived a fatal crash nearly five
years ago that killed two friends.
"I'm sorry to announce I won't be joining Blink-182 on this
Australian tour," Barker, 37 and drummer for the group, wrote on
Facebook. "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 was one of two survivors of the 2008 crash when a
private plane he was on burst into flames during an aborted
takeoff. He spent several months in hospital with injuries.
Barker said he had hoped to get to Australia by ship if need
be for the tour, which starts on Wednesday in Sydney, but that
schedules hadn't worked out.
"Once again, I'm sorry to all the fans," he said.
The band, also writing on Facebook, said Barker would be
replaced on the tour by Brooks Wackerman from Bad Religion and
"The band knew the chances of Travis overcoming his fear of
flying, which was magnified after the horrible plane crash of
2008, would be a challenge, but we wanted to play for our fans
in Australia nonetheless," they said, adding that cancelling the
tour had not been an option.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Paul Tait)