Blink-182 To Tour Without Travis Barker

The drummer may skip their Australian tour dates because of his fear of flying after being in a plane crash in 2008.

Blink-182 To Tour Without Travis Barker
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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker could skip parts of the band's forthcoming world tour because of his fear of flying. He developed his phobia after being in a plane crash in 2008. Among the side-effect are that the band had to travel by boat to their current European dates. Now Barker says he probably won't joing the tour across Australia in 2013 because the 24-hour flight will be too much to bear. "It's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can't really get everywhere," he told Red Bulletin (via NME). Despite his fears, Barker is keen to overcome his phobia for his children. "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." In January, bassist Mark Hoppus confirmed that Blink-182 had started writing the follow-up to "Neighborhoods". "At the moment all I've got is a bunch of chord progressions and ideas," he said at the time. "It's more me playing my guitar and coming up with little ideas and melodies. By the time it goes to Tom and Travis [Barker] and we work on it as a band, who knows what it will sound like."

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    Joe4/4/1992
    Completely understandable Huge respect for him for wanting to overcome his fear for his kids though
    ppiekoszewski
    siraxlrose wrote: man up. You're more likely to be in a car wreck than in a plane crash.
    ... except for the fact that he was in, you know, A PLANE CRASH.
    USCENDONE BENE
    It's gotta suck for him, I remember seeing a documentary of their Pop Disaster Tour (10 years ago now) where they did an interview with Travis and he said how he'd always leave a few days early and drive to shows because he hates flying. Then in 2008 he put his faith in an aircraft which crashed - gotta put you off for life.
    BradTheBluefish
    Fly commercial, not private. Get yourself nice seats in first class and ask to meet the pilot before hand because you are Travis Barker. Have some water and stay occupied. You'll be fine.
    Sparky-MMA
    ppiekoszewski wrote: siraxlrose wrote: man up. You're more likely to be in a car wreck than in a plane crash. ... except for the fact that he was in, you know, A PLANE CRASH.
    That killed one of his good friends and he very nearly didn't make it out of, how about i beat you half to death with a salmon and watch you man up and get over it! @Axl FYI
    GaryS
    "Despite his fears, Barker is keen to overcome his phobia for his children." Anyone else find this as funny as I did?
    BigSpence
    siraxlrose wrote: man up. You're more likely to be in a car wreck than in a plane crash.
    It's nice to see you're taking after your namesake, prick.
    vikkyvik
    As someone who's been in a plane crash, I can relate. I was terrified of flying for awhile (and given that the crash happened overseas, we had to fly back to the States....that was awful). But with time, it got better, and after maybe 5 years I was back to loving flying again.
    ashowe
    I wonder who they would tour with if Travis refuses to go to Australia in 2013? The only drummer that I think would be able to emulate Travis' style and that knows the band is Adrian Young from No Doubt. Does anyone else think that would be a good fit?
    vikingwizard
    Haha! I posted that exact comment on another site... Him, Wade Youman (ex-Unwritten Law), Atom Willard (ex-Offspring & ex-Angrls and Airwaves), or even Cyrus from New Founf Glory.....
    Battman1993
    AlexMacky wrote: Man up, pussy.
    You wouldn't say that if you were ever in a crash. Especially a crash that killed some of your best friends.
    jrodgers
    So.... Blink 182 will basically be touring without their talent this summer?
    siraxlrose
    man up. You're more likely to be in a car wreck than in a plane crash.
    Battman1993
    Regardless, I'm glad to hear Blink is working on a new album. I loved Neighborhoods like crazy (one of my favorite albums of last year), and I hope it sounds like Neighborhoods (although some more punk rock energy would be nice)
    TJ1991
    Fair enough given the reasons, but what's the point in Blink without Travis?
    Chipier12
    The only advice I can think of is to fly more often. It used to freak me out, but after flying nearly a dozen times in the last decade, I've reached the point where the security bugs me more than the flight. But my fear was because I was young and never did it before, so I don't know how well it'll work for a fear brought on by trauma.
    mathiaes
    GaryS wrote: "Despite his fears, Barker is keen to overcome his phobia for his children." Anyone else find this as funny as I did?
    Beat me to it
    Lew03462
    They where great in Cardiff last week, put on a fantastic show. Didn't know they had to travel by boat now, glad they did though, would have been gutted if it wasn't all three of them!