Travis Barker And Blink 182 Promoter In Twitter War

Travis Barker has been involved in a Twitter spat with the band's Australian promoter after the drummer was accused of taking a fee for a show he did not play.

Travis Barker And Blink 182 Promoter In Twitter War
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Blink 182's Travis Barker has been involved in a Twitter spat with the band's Australian promoter after the drummer was accused of taking a fee for a show he did not play. Barker had been intending to tour Australia with Blink this year, but gave up on that plan because he was unable to overcome his fear of flying. Barker is being replaced by Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman for the Australian dates. When promoter AJ Maddah was asked on Twitter whether fans would be able to get a refund for their Soundwave Festival tickets because of Barkers non-appearance, Maddah responded with the following: "I'm told we can't refund and there will be no discount on the $5m fee because Travis Barker insisted on being paid in full. What he has done is extortion he thinks he's a fucking gangster." The drummer, who has not boarded a plane since narrowly surviving a fatal crash in 2008, replied: "Where you getting your information from, man? None of this is true. This is all bullsh-t!" Maddah said: "I have been super nice and supportive up to this point, but that stops now. I don't blame him for not flying, but demanding one and a half million dollars from your bandmates to allow them to play is low." Barker responded: "Stop talking sh-t. You're not speaking to my management you're just fabricating sh-t." "Really dude?" said Maddah. "You didn't insist on being paid 1/3 even though you're not coming?" "Pick up the phone, man," Barker told him. "Dying to talk to you." After the phone call, Barker posted the following message: "This was a huge lack of communication. AJ is a stand-up guy and we were both given wrong information." He later said of the promoter: "He went out of his way to figure out how I could drive safely and comfortably inside Australia. He's always had my back and it just sucks I couldn't be there for the fans."

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    thes50
    More evidence as to why celebrities shouldn't use Twitter for anything even slightly work related.
    !zAck
    Not really a Twitter War.. sounds like it was sorted out pretty quickly
    Darrenmce
    There were a lot more tweets sent back and forth, this is just a snippet of the most important ones
    Zacothewacko
    If I was Travis I wouldn't board a plane either, he had a fear of flying before the crash that killed two of his best friends. Not to mention the serious burns that he was dealt with from it all. Behind the times UG, this was known over a week ago!
    introvert10
    When will people learn? Nothing like bickering in public to make you both look like douchebags in front of anyone who actually gives a sh!t about you.
    Logan_B
    It's weird how everyone uses twitter to talk to people sometimes now. I mean I get it, but something like this should be immediately sorted out not tweeting back and forth and then sorting it out.
    CronoMagus
    Its impossible enough to capture the tone of a sentence with text, let alone having the text reduced to having only 140 characters. With these circumstances, its easy to see how many misunderstandings can take place.
    pwrmax
    Why not take a boat then?
    skootla
    He was contemplating doing that but there were no boats in the time frame needed.
    sonofgkex
    For the last time, boats big enough to make a trans-pacific voyage are either incredibly slow or insanely expensive. THEY DONT GO AS FAST AS AIRPLANES! God...
    andygee33
    Barker is being replaced by Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman? Well at least something good will come. Barker better not get lawsuited over this. Just goes to show - always read the small print!
    eike811
    That is ridiculous... Of course he boarded planes since that crash! Blink played festival-shows in europe, etc.
    BradIon1995
    Why doesn't he just go? I'm not denying that there's been a massive psychological toll on him since the crash, but many of us would do anything to be in his position. Hopefully he can overcome it!
    JAHellraiser
    so because many of us would do anything to be in his position, he should potentially risk his life? You have to remember, the plane crash he was in killed his friends and he was lucky to survive, it wasn't one of those land the plane on water and get on the yellow slide things kinda crashes.