Blink-182 set to tour without Travis Barker next year

Sticksman says he will not be able to make all the dates on the band's world tour due to his fear of flying

Blink-182 are likely to be forced to tour some parts of the world without drummer Travis Barker next year.

The pop-punk trio, who are currently touring Europe in support of their comeback album ‘Neighborhoods’, are booked to tour across Australia in early 2013 and Barker has said that he will not be making the trip with them.

The sticksman has developed a phobia of flying as a result of the 2008 plane crash he endured while traveling with DJ AM and has said he is still unable to undertake some lengthy plan trips. At present, he says, the prospect of 24-hour long flight to Australia is too much for him.

Speaking to Red Bulletin, Barker said: “It’s hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can’t really get everywhere.” He did add though that he hoped to overcome his phobia for the sake of his children, adding: “I’m contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. My kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it.”

Blink-182 have not said who they plan to take in Barker’s place as yet on the tour. They play Liverpool Echo Arena tonight (July 12) and will return to the UK for three intimate shows later this month.
The trio first headline Manchester’s O2 Apollo on July 24 and then play London’s O2 Academy Brixton on July 25 and 26.

Earlier this year, the band revealed they’re already working on the follow-up to the album, with frontman Mark Hoppus stating he’d been writing new songs while Tom DeLonge has been out on the road with his side-project Angels And Airwaves.