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Barker, who survived a deadly Learjet crash in 2008 which killed four others, made a last minute decision not to board the plane over the weekend. The drummer cited his inability to overcome his acute fear of flying -- brought on by his previous accident -- as the cause.Barker posted the following message on his Facebook wall:
I'm sorry to announce i won't be joining Blink-182 on this Australian tour. I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time i flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends. I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me. I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I'm sorry to all the fans.
-TravisBlink-182 also posted a message to their Aussie fans on their Facebook wall regarding Barker's withdrawal.
The trip to Australia was planned during our European tour last summer. The band knew the chances of Travis overcoming his fear of flying, which was magnified after the horrible plane crash in 2008, would be a challenge, but we wanted to play for our fans in Australia nonetheless. The three of us tried all measures to get us all there in full form. Travis has been working to overcome his fear of flying. Since we now know we have to make the trip without Travis our friend Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D) has stepped in. We love our fans in Australia so canceling was not an option so we still plan to come and play some kick ass shows. Mark, Tom, and Travis
Soundwave kicks off in Brisbane on Saturday February 24.
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