Blink-182, the renowned pop-punk band, has announced a temporary halt to their European tour, specifically the performances scheduled in Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin. Travis Barker, the band’s drummer, urgently needed to return to the U.S. due to undisclosed family matters. The band revealed this through a post on their Instagram and on X, which was previously recognized as Twitter.
Details of the Tour’s Interruption
Blink-182 was initially planned to take the stage at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, with the performances fixed for both Friday and Saturday. Afterward, the band was scheduled to visit Belfast and Dublin. The group’s official statement read:
- “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.”
Travis Barker’s Puzzling Posts
A few hours prior to the tour’s postponement news, Barker uploaded multiple photos to his Instagram Stories. Among these images were:
- A door signifying a prayer room with an accompanying note reading “all welcome.”
- Inside the prayer room, a vivid stained-glass window.
- A blue-themed banner with the message “Together we pray.”
No concrete information has been provided regarding Barker’s sudden departure. Media outlets, including PEOPLE and CBS News, have approached Barker for comments, but as of now, there’s been no response.
A Glimpse into Barker and Kardashian’s Relationship
Adding a layer to the story, Barker and his celebrity wife, Kourtney Kardashian, recently shared that they are expecting a baby boy. The couple’s relationship has been a whirlwind. Barker and Kardashian got engaged in October after dating for less than 12 months. Their romance was then sealed with not one, but multiple wedding ceremonies. The revelation came in an unconventional manner. Kardashian, during a Blink-182 concert, held a black and white poster that exclaimed, “Travis I’m Pregnant.” This gesture paid homage to the band’s 1999 music video for their hit “All The Small Things,” where a fan held an analogous sign.
The couple didn’t stop there; they kept fans looped into their personal life by sharing a video of this heartwarming moment on their respective Instagram accounts. The band’s excitement was palpable, with one member being heard saying, “Someone’s having a baby!” A few weeks later, they hosted a musically themed gender reveal party, spilling the beans that a baby boy was on the way.
Travis Barker isn’t new to parenthood. He has a daughter, Alabama, aged 17, and a son, Landon, 19. He’s also a stepfather to 24-year-old Atiana Cecelia De La Hoya, from his previous marriage with Shanna Moakler. On the other side, Kardashian is a mother to three kids with her ex, Scott Disick: Mason (13), Penelope (11), and Reign (8).
Impact on the European Tour
Given the abrupt nature of the postponement, ticket holders are expected to be given the option of either a refund or retain their tickets for the rescheduled dates. The management has ensured that they will be communicating directly with all ticket holders and keeping them informed of further developments.
Reactions from the Music Community
Several musicians and industry insiders have come forward to show their solidarity with Blink-182 and Barker during this time. Comments on social media range from expressions of understanding and support to speculations about the nature of the emergency. Many urge patience and respect for Barker’s privacy during what appears to be a challenging personal moment.
Fans of Blink-182 eagerly await more information on the rescheduled dates and hope for a quick resolution to Barker’s personal matters. In the interim, support has been pouring in from all corners, with fans and fellow musicians sending well wishes to Barker and his family.