Blink-182 have been forced to cancel their fall tour. The cancellation comes as a result of Travis Barker being unable to get medical clearance to perform due to the blood clots in his arms.
The band issued the following statement:
“It is with a heavy heart to report that blink must cancel its fall mini-tour which was set to kick off September 8th on their way to headline Riot Fest in Chicago. Medical issues have sidelined Travis per doctors’ orders. Trav’s medical team anticipated that he would be well enough by fall to tour but after recent checkups, they were not able to clear him in time for the scheduled run of dates.
From Travis: “The past few months have just sucked as I have been sidelined just waiting for my doctors to clear me so I could get back on the road and perform with my band. Unfortunately, the risks associated with drumming are still too great. I am doing everything I need to do so I can get back on the road as soon as possible. I want to thank my fans, family, friends, and bandmates for all the love and support.”
Tickets for the canceled headline shows can be refunded at point of purchase.
Unfortunately, we will also be canceling The Surf Ranch Pros, World Surf League kicking off Saturday, September 8th. Fortunately, Southern California punk rock icons Social Distortion will take over as the show’s headliners.
With us now having to miss one of our favorite festivals, our friends in Weezer, Run the Jewels, and Taking Back Sunday have now come on board as performers. We plan to be back headlining Riot Fest in 2019 in celebration of the Festival’s 15th anniversary.
Thank you for your continued support and check blink182.com for updates.”
Blink-182 have announced a September tour With State Champs. This news comes after the band cancelled multiple dates due to Travis Barker being diagnosed with blood clots, and after the drummer was also involved in a car accident.
09/12 Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Meadow
09/14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest *
09/15 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
09/17 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
09/18 Windsor, ON – The Colosseum At Caesars Windsor *
09/20 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
09/21 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock
09/22 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
09/24 Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Center
09/25 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
According to TMZ, Blink-182’s Travis Barker was involved in a crash with a school bus last night (July 13). The drummer was turning in his black Mercedes when the bus turned at the same time and hit him. He didn’t appear to have any serious injuries. Law enforcement sources have told TMZ that Barker was not at fault and that the bus driver had no passengers. However, Barker did have some passengers in his car, including his son. Their conditions are unknown, but the accident was bad enough to cause the airbags to go off. This news comes as Barker continues his road to recovery after being diagnosed with blood clots.
Blink-182 previously had to postpone multiple dates after Travis Barker was diagnosed with blood clots and other health issues related to them. Now, the drummer has shared a video update on his condition and his road to recovery. You can watch that below. Barker commented:
“It’s been the longest 4 weeks without playing drums. I played through two shows in Vegas with infection and blood clots before I was able to get a clear diagnosis from a doctor. Here’s an update on my road to recovery.”
In celebration of Blink-182 day (July 1, aka the 182nd day of the year), Blink-182 shared a ska remix of “Can’t Get You More Pregnant.” The original 30 second track appears on their latest album “California.”
In other news, Funko have announced that they will be releasing Pop! vinyl figures of Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker in September. These are from the latest series in the Funko Pop! Rocks vinyl figures line.
Here’s a bizarre story for you. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus was recently asked if he could reveal “the least plausible story” about himself “that is true” by a fan on Twitter. He then responded by saying he once advised the U.S. military on how to capture Saddam Hussein.
Hoppus said the following:
“On an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, I told a Navy Admiral on his way to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff my ideas on how to capture Saddam Hussein.”
He then followed up with more details:
“At the time, Hussein was in hiding but continued releasing videotaped messages to his followers. My idea was to have trucks with big speakers drive around BLASTING time code just out of frequency range of human hearing, but within the dynamic range of the video camera’s microphone. When Saddam released a tape, he would have inadvertently recorded the time code. Using the time code, you could go back and pinpoint a general radius from where the truck was. With that information, you start the research. Also, knowing the general area of the recording, you can bring in more trucks to canvas there, and if you don’t find him and he released another videotaped message, you can use the multiple trucks’ time codes for triangulation, revealing his exact location.”
Hussein was captured by the American military in December 2003 and was sentenced to death by hanging in December 2006 for crimes against humanity.
Blink-182 were apparently planning to play a surprise set on the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run, but they ended up having to cancel as Travis Barker continues to battle blood clots in his arms. The news was revealed by the Warped Tour’s official Instagram, while responding to a fan. On another note, more special guests have been confirmed for the tour including Cassadee Pope, who will be performing on July 30-31, and William Ryan Key (Yellowcard), who will be performing on July 10-14.