Blink-182 Cancel May Tour Dates Due to Travis Barker's Health Issue
Blink-182 have scrapped a number of scheduled performances for their North American tour due to the health issue of their drummer Travis Barker. On Tuesday, May 9, the rock band announced the cancellation of all their May 2012 tour dates since Barker required "an urgent tonsillectomy with a recovery period."
Among the canceled performances was Blink's headlining appearance at Asbury Park's Bamboozle Festival. The vacant spot left by the Mark Hoppus-fronted band is now filled by My Chemical Romance, who are set to perform on May 19 before the Foo Fighters take on Bamboozle's main stage.
Weighing in on Blink's cancellation, Bamboozle promoters said in an official statement, "Blink-182 will be greatly missed, and all of us here wish Travis a speedy recovery." Should Blink's performance go on schedule, it will mark their first appearance at the festival.
Bamboozle talent agent Christian McKnight told The Hollywood Reporter, "For the Bamboozle generation, Blink is one of the biggest bands in that genre. Blink is the iconic band a lot of kids grew up on and got a lot of those kids into music."
Blink-182 additionally confirmed that there are some performances that have been rescheduled for September. Their May 10 and 11 gigs at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville are pushed back to September 13 and 14. All previously issued tickets will be honored on the new dates respectively.
The following tour dates are cancelled and will not be rescheduled:
- May 15 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY
- May 17 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
- May 18 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT
- May 19 at The Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ (There are no refunds being offered for The Bamboozle)
- May 20 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
- May 22 at Colisee Pepsi Arena in Quebec City, Canada
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