Blink-182 may tour some parts of the world with a drummer other than Travis Barker. Barker was badly injured in a 2008 plane crash that took several lives, including his friend Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), and led to Barker's fear of flying and served as the impetus for Blink 182's reunion. NME reports:
The pop-punk trio, who are currently touring Europe in support of their comeback album 'Neighborhoods', are booked to tour across Australia in early 2013 and Barker has said that he will not be making the trip with them.
Speaking to Red Bulletin, Barker said: "It's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can’t really get everywhere." He did add though that he hoped to overcome his phobia for the sake of his children, adding: "I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. My kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."
Barker was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and was taken to hospital for an emergency tonsillectomy.
Barrett's esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and can cause serious damage to your digestive system.
Speaking to Red Bulletin, Barker said that after the operation he's been forced to give up smoking marijuana, which he'd hoped "to do for the rest of my life".
Speaking about his health scare, Barker said: "They found that I had six ulcers, and I had a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which is basically from really extreme acid reflux or if you excessively smoked, your esophagus lining becomes pre-cancerous. Right then and there, I changed my whole life around. I had to stop eating and drinking certain things. And I had this lump in my throat around the same time. My tonsils were three to four times the size they should have been."
He continued: "I used to love smoking weed. I would smoke weed at night if I had anxiety. I always thought I'd be able to do that for the rest of my life, but when your health is on the line, you don't mess around. I love being a dad and I love playing music. I'm not trying to give up any of that."
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