Blink-182 cancel tour dates after Travis Barker undergoes emergency operation

Pop-punks pull North American dates but next month's UK gigs are unaffected

Blink-182 have cancelled a number of North American tour dates after drummer Travis Barker had to undergo an emergency operation.

The pop-punks are rescheduling a small number of the dates, but have pulled the vast majority as Barker needs an urgent tonsillectomy. According to a statement on the band’s official website, his recovery period “is expected to extend beyond the scheduled tour dates”.

The statement said: “The band apologises for any inconvenience as a result of these cancellations and thanks their fans for their ongoing support.”

The trio’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour, which is due to kick off at Birmingham’s NIA in less than a month (June 7), is not affected by the cancellation. The jaunt also includes dates in Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow, along with two nights at London’s O2 Arena.

The tour was originally pencilled in for last July, but was pushed back in order to allow the band to finish their latest album, 2011’s ‘Neighborhoods’.

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.

You can watch an NME video interview with Hoppus, where we discover just how rock’n’roll he is, by clicking below.