Travis Barker, drummer of Blink-182, is too traumatized after his plane crash to go on tour. I don’t think anyone blames him. In 2008, a Learjet taking Barker, Adam Goldstein AKA DJ AM, Barker’s assistant, and Barker’s security guard, crashed on the way back to California from South Carolina. Barker and Goldestein were the only surviors; the two pilots also died. Then in 2009, Goldstein died of what coroners determined to be “acute intoxication” (accidental drug overdose).
Since the crash, Barker has been traveling via other ways. When Blink-182 performed in Europe last year, he traveled by sea. However this time he will be unable to make the date in Australia.
From ABC News:
I still haven’t gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time I flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends…I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I’m sorry to all the fans.
Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion and Tenacious D will take Barker’s place.