Blink-182 fans have been on a rollercoaster ride with the band’s tour, and unfortunately, it’s hit another unexpected dip.
The trio had enthusiasts all around the globe excited for their return with the original lineup, but this time, they had to cancel a string of European shows due to drummer Travis Barker’s unforeseen “family emergency.”
The affected shows include two nights at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro on September 1 and 2, as well as performances at Belfast’s SSE Arena on September 4 and Dublin’s 3Arena on September 5. As of now, the October dates in London, Birmingham, and Manchester are on hold, awaiting further updates.
The nature of the family emergency wasn’t disclosed, but it’s worth noting that Travis Barker, aged 44, and his wife Kourtney Kardashian are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child together, expected in October. This momentous life event could well be the reason behind Travis’s abrupt return to the United States.
Shortly before the official announcement, Travis Barker shared a poignant moment on social media: a photo of him praying in an airport chapel. This glimpse into his emotional state hints at the gravity of the situation he’s facing.
Due to an urgent family matter, Travis has had to return home to the States. The Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin shows are being postponed. More information in regards to his return to Europe and rescheduled dates will be provided as soon as available.
— blink-182 (@blink182) September 1, 2023
This isn’t the first time Travis’s personal life has crossed paths with Blink-182’s comeback tour. In March, the pop-punk trio had to postpone the start of their Latin American tour due to Travis’s finger injury during rehearsals.
While they eventually rescheduled all the canceled concerts and even added an extra date in Mexico, it left many fans in the region feeling let down.
One factor that fueled this disappointment was Blink-182’s surprise appearance at the Coachella 2023 festival just a few days after the injury, which gave rise to speculation that they prioritized American audiences over Latin American ones.
Guys – Great news! We are finalizing the full run of dates for South America and Mexico in 2024. For now, rescheduled dates have been announced for Lima and Mexico City, with the addition of a fourth Mexico City show on April 6, 2024.
March 2024 – Lollapalooza Argentina, Chile… pic.twitter.com/6PTyU8Guiw
— blink-182 (@blink182) May 2, 2023
Despite these setbacks, Blink-182’s loyal fanbase remains hopeful that the band will get back on track and deliver the high-energy performances they’re known for. It’s a testament to the enduring enthusiasm of their fans, who eagerly await their return to the stage.