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Blink 182 to tour without flying-phobic Travis Barker

By | Published on Friday 13 July 2012

Blink 182

So, while Blink 182 may postpone their live activity in the name of drummer Travis Barker’s diseased tonsils, they can’t go as far as calling off international shows because of his fear of flying.

The band have said that they’ll complete their forthcoming Australian tour minus the percussionist, whose phobia is quite understandably linked to his being one of two people to survive a plane crash that took place in Columbia, South Carolina in 2008, killing four of its passengers (and arguably contributing to his close friend and fellow crash survivor Adam Goldstein’s subsequent suicide).

Barker, who’ll be replaced by a stand-in drummer in Australia, has recently said he’d like to conquer his fear for the sake of his young family and Blink bandmates Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus. He tells Red Bulletin: “I’m contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. My kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it”.