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Travis Barker Explains Oz Tour Cancellation, AJ Maddah Reacts

Written by Mike Hohnen on February 22, 2013

Travis Barker has revealed more details surrounding his last-minute drop-out from the Soundwave 2013 festival. In an Instagram post, which has now been removed, the Blink-182 drummer defends his decision to not make the journey Down Under and begs for understanding from his Australian fans.

Barker explains that the decision came down to a lack of options. For touring commitments throughout Europe, Travis has so far been happy to get in a boat and cop the 7-day journey there and back – all for the sake of his fans. According to the statement, had a boat been arranged for the Australian tour he would have set sail, regardless of how much of a solid haul that may have been, but unfortunately this could not be arranged.

Furthermore, travelling between cities would have required more flying, as other travel arrangements had not be arranged. “Not gonna be drugged up to get on a plane when I’m completely sober,” he adds, putting that idea completely to rest.

Now that Travis Barker has had his say, AJ Maddah has thrown his two cents into the mix and he doesn’t doesn’t seem too pleased with Barker’s statement. Maddah has revealed more details about Barker than the drummer might have anticipated, explaining that even though he was the one who cancelled, Travis is still demanding he gets paid a third of his guarantee.

What’s more, it also appears that in order for them to continue playing under the banner of Blink-182, Barker charged his bandmates a crazy $1.5 million, which, of course, they paid – for the fans.

Maddah and Barker are currently butting heads over the issue on Twitter, with Barker so far refuting all of Maddah’s claims. Stay with Music Feeds for the latest updates.

UPDATE 21:26pm: AJ and Travis have sorted things out


The beef between Maddah and Barker continues. Check it out over here.

The full statement:

I have so much love for my fans. I get on a 7 day boat ride to go to Europe across the fucking Atlantic and 7 days back once a year. If they would’ve scheduled Australia around a boat schedule I would’ve made it. They didn’t though. They also didn’t schedule enough time to get from gig to gig without flying so I was forced not to go. A drummer had already been given the songs to learn more than a year ago. They hoped I could’ve got tan on a flight again but that’s likely not gonna happen as of now. Maybe one day. Not gonna get drugged up to get on a plane when I’m completely sober now. PMA and love to those who get it and understand, I appreciate you. Big bag a dicks to who don’t… Peace ~


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