Blink 182's drummer won't be joining the band on its Australian tour, including Soundwave this weekend, due to a phobia of flying.
Travis Barker apologised to fans on his Facebook page explaining that he still hasn't gotten over the plane crash he was involved in that killed four people. Barker and Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, were the only survivors of the 2008 crash and Barker spent weeks in hospital recovering from serious burns. Goldstein died a year later from an accidental drug overdose.
"I'm sorry to announce i won't be joining Blink 182 on this Australian tour. 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. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I'm sorry to all the fans."
The band, consisting of Barker, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, have confirmed they are still on track to perform in Australia. Brooks Wackerman of Tenacious D will be taking Barker's place.
"The trip to Australia was planned during our European tour last summer. 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. Travis has been working to overcome his fear of flying. 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."
Blink 182 kick off their Australian tour at Sydney's All Phones arena on Wednesday. Soundwave begins in Brisbane this Saturday, with the Sydney gig on Sunday. It reaches Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth the following weekend.