Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will not join the band on their Australian tour. Barker has had a fear of flying since he survived a plane crash in South Carolina. The 2008 crash killed four people. Barker posted the news to his Facebook page:
"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 looming Australian tour has weighed on Barker for some time. In July,Barker discussed his fear regarding the upcoming dates. At the time, Blink-182 was touring Europe. Barker took a boat across the Atlantic Ocean. Promoters had claimed that Barker would make the journey.
Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge will perform in Australia with Brooks Wackerman, a drummer who has played with Bad Religion and Tenacious D.