Travis Barker Won’t Join Blink-182 For Australia Tour Due To Fear Of Flying: Should The Group Go On Without Him?

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Blink -182 Forced To Tour Without Travis Barker

Blink-182 was warmly welcomed with their comeback album Neighborhoods–their first one in eight years– that landed them the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts. The trio is currently touring Europe, and are booked to travel Australia in 2013. There’s only one major hang up leaving the pop-punk group in a pickle. Drummer Travis Barker will not travel to Australia with his group due to his phobia of flying following a 2008 plane crash in which he and DJ AM were critically injured. According to NME, Barker says the thought of a 24 hour flight is too much for him right now, which is totally understandable considering the trauma of surviving a plane crash where his assistant, bodyguard, pilot and co-pilot died. But the show must go on.

Blink-182 hasn’t said what their plans are regarding Porter’s absence. In an interview with Red Bulletin Porter said it was hard to say what the band’s potential is. “It’s hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can’t really get everywhere,” he told Red Bulletin. For the Europe leg of the tour he traveled by boat, but hopes to overcome his fear for his children who he says are scared to death of flying. Where this leaves Blink-182 is unknown. To continue touring without Barker or not, that is the question. As a break out star of the group we’re certain fans would prefer to see Barker opposed to a stand in. If they continue on with the tour, is it right? Take our poll and tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Blink-182 set to tour without Travis Barker next year [NME.com]

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