An alternative date will not be arranged
Blink-182 have cancelled tonight’s show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton due to illness.
The band played the venue as part of a two-night stint at the south London venue, but will not be returning for the second night due to vocalist Mark Hoppus being diagnosed with bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis.
A statement from the band read: “It is with regret that tonight’s Blink 182 show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton has been cancelled. Unfortunately Mark Hoppus was taken ill at the end of last night’s show and has been diagnosed with bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis.”
It continued: “This is the last thing the band want to do but on doctors advice today it has been highly advised that Mark cannot perform and the show can’t go ahead. Regrettably a rescheduled date cannot not be arranged and customers are advised to contact their point of purchase for a refund.”
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 plane trips. At present, he says, the prospect of 24-hour long flight to Australia is too much for him. Blink-182 have not said who they plan to take in Barker’s place as yet on the tour.
The band played Liverpool Echo Arena on July 12, before returning to the UK for three shows at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on July 24 and then play London’s O2 Academy Brixton last night (July 25).
Earlier this year, the band revealed they are 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.