The rapper explained:
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Travis Barker has had to battle his fair share of demons since barely surviving the plane crash that killed four others back in 2008, and although he's now drug-free and changed his lifestyle to ensure his health is his top priority, he is still unable to fly.
Which sadly means that he simply cannot join his blink182 bandmates for their upcoming tour dates in Australia.
He posted the following message on Facebook last night:
"I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time I flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends. I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me. I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I'm sorry to all the fans."
We don't think anyone can fault him for making the decision that he has.
The trauma he's been forced to endure is simply unimaginable.
We're sure your fans down under understand, Travis!
You just focus on doing what you have to in order to keep yourself happy and healthy!
Stay strong! You're in our thoughts!
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