After a “freak accident that no one saw coming,” Barker needed surgery, DeLonge said in an Instagram video.
Blink-182’s first tour in almost ten years with the trio of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker has been postponed, following Barker’s ring finger injury and subsequent surgery.
Last month, Barker revealed the devastating setback on social media, writing, "Fuck... I was playing the drums at rehearsals yesterday, and I smashed my finger so hard I dislocated it and tore the ligaments". M Shadows, the vocalist in Avenged Sevenfold, responded, "Damn - nothing worse than a lingering injury on tour. Get better soon."
After a “freak accident that no one saw coming,” Barker needed surgery, DeLonge said in an Instagram video. The famous punk rock drummer appeared to re-injure his finger last week, causing him to have surgery yesterday and thus pushing back Latin America and Mexico tour dates that were due to take place next Saturday. Those dates will be rescheduled to 2024, Consequence Of Sound reported.
In December, the band revealed that they were working on the next story in the Anthem saga, with the band teasing Anthem Pt. 3 on Instagram.
Anthem was released on the American pop punk band's breakthrough album, 1999's Enema Of The State, and received a sequel in 2001 with Anthem Pt. 2 featuring on the album Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. A live rendition of Anthem Pt. 2 appeared as a bonus track on the Untitled record (2003).
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The first song to feature the classic lineup of Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker since 2012, the jovial mid-tempo pop-punk track comes to life with Tom's trademark vocal tone delivering the first line "I ain’t that cool a little fucked in the head" over a swinging beat from Barker, his voice taking a leading role against a backdrop of subtle guitar and bass work, before taking off with an earworm of a chorus that features Tom and Mark's infamous vocal interplay.
The pop-punk legends’ “biggest tour ever” is now uncertain, with the Latin America and Mexico dates with Wallows postponed. Their huge run of shows across North America with Turnstile starting in May are still scheduled to go ahead, as are the dates across Europe with The Story So Far. Blink-182 will finally reach Australia and New Zealand in February 2024 with Rise Against.
2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
9 Feb – RAC Arena, Perth
11 Feb – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
13 Feb – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
16 Feb – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
19 Feb – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
For tickets and more info on the band’s 2024 Australian tour, click here.