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Blink 182 may play Australian leg of current tour without drummer Travis Barker

By Juan C. Guerrero,

Blink 182 may play several shows without longtime drummer Travis Barker, who continues to be limited by his fear of flying.

According to NME, Barker will not take the 24-hour long flight with the band to Australia in early 2013 for a series of shows there.

Blink 182 has not commented on the matter and it is not known who will take Barker’s place for the shows.

Barker’s fear of flying stems from a 2008 incident in which he and his friend DJ AM were the only survivors when a Learjet 60 headed to Van Nuys, CA, from Columbia, SC, failed to takeoff and instead crashed through a fence and into an embankment.

Speaking to Red Bulletin, Barker said he knows his fear of flying may limit the band.

"It's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can’t really get everywhere," he said.

Barker has been Blink 182’s drummer since 1998, when he replaced Scott Raynor midway through the tour in support of the group’s breakthrough album Dude Ranch.

The group is currently touring the U.K. and has a set of shows scheduled for September in Oklahoma.

 
 

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