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.
As previously reported, Blink-182’s Travis Barker has been suffering with blood clots in both arms, and now it appears he has been re-admitted to the hospital. According to TMZ, the drummer is now dealing with a staph infection and cellulitis, and doctors are trying to see how his body will respond to blood thinners. They are hoping the blood clots won’t travel to his heart or lungs. Blink-182 have since cancelled this weekend’s Las Vegas residency dates:
“Unfortunately, we will need to reschedule the “Kings of the Weekend” residency dates at the Palms Casino this weekend (June 23-24) due to the blood clots in both of Travis Barker’s arms. He has been ordered by his doctors to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel. As it stands now, he will be prevented from playing until the beginning of July when everything will be re-evaluated. New dates will be posted on the band’s website shortly. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled dates, refunds will be available at point of purchase. Thank you for your continued support and well wishes”
Blink-182 have revealed that drummer Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in both arms. As a result, the band have been forced to cancel their Las Vegas residency dates this weekend.
The group commented:
“Friends, Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in both arms and unfortunately cannot perform until cleared to do so by his medical team. The situation is currently being closely monitored. Due to this situation it is with great regret that the blink-182 ‘Kings of the Weekend’ Las Vegas residency dates this weekend must be rescheduled. New dates will be posted on the bands website shortly. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled dates, refunds will be available at point of purchase.”
Barker himself added:
“Drumming is my life and It kills me that I can’t perform for you guys this weekend. I hope to be back as soon as I can.”