Bad news for Blink-182 fans in Australia. Drummer Travis Barker announced on Saturday that he won’t be taking part in the band’s upcoming tour in the land down under because of a fear of flying he developed as a result of the plane crash he barely survived in the fall of 2008.
“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,” wrote Barker on his Facebook page . “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. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around.”
Shortly after the drummer posted the message, Blink-182 revealed that they have decided who will fill-in for Barker on their Australian trek, which kicks off on Wednesday at the Allphone Arena in Sydney.
“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,” wrote the group in a joint statement on their Facebook page. “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.”
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