Blink-182 Calls Off Mini-Tour On Doctor’s Orders

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Blink-182 amps up the energy for the crowd at the Capital One JamFest during the NCAA March Madness Festival in Phoenix April 2.
Don’t Leave Us! Blink-182 announced that it is calling of its run of dates in September because of drummer Travis Barker’s health issues.
“It is with a heavy heart to report that blink must cancel its fall mini-tour which was set to kick off Sept. 12 on their way to headline Riot Fest in Chicago,” the band posted in a statement on its website. “Medical issues have sidelined Travis per doctor’s orders. Trav’s medical team anticipated that he would be well enough by fall to tour but after recent checkups they were not able to clear him in time for the scheduled run of dates.”

The run of headline dates was scheduled to kick off Sept. 12, and prior to that there was a special gig planned at Lemoore, Calif.’s WSL Surf Ranch Pro that Blink also had to cancel, but Social Distortion is filling the headline spot. The September leg also included shows in Columbus, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Windsor, Ontario; Uncasville, Conn.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Bethlehem, Pa.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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The next run of shows for Blink is its “Kings of the Weekend” residency at Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, starting Oct. 26. Those dates were already rescheduled because of blood clots in Barker’s arms. 

The group’s statement went on to say that they would also be bailing out of Riot Fest, but Weezer, Run The Jewels, and Taking Back Sunday would all be stepping in to take their place. The band also had to cancel Bunbury festival earlier this year but promised it will return to the Cincinnati shindig next year.

“The past few months have just sucked as I have been sidelined just waiting for my doctors to clear me so I could get back on the road and perform with my band,” Barker wrote. “Unfortunately, the risks associated with drumming are still too great. I am doing everything I need to do so I can get back on the road as soon as possible. I want to thank my fans, family, friends and bandmates for all the love and support.”

The band has done a few festivals this year as well as headline dates and festivals in 2017, and last toured heavily in 2016 when finishing at No. 39 on Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Year End Tours chart, with $28.9 million grossed.