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Blink-182 cancels fall tour, citing drummer Travis Barker’s ongoing medical issues

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Mark Hoppus, left, and Travis Barker of blink-182 are shown in concert in Los Angeles. The band on Thursday canceled all its September tour dates because of drummer Travis Barker’s ongoing medical issues stemming from blood clots in both his arms.
(Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The Poway-bred punk-pop band blink-182 has canceled its nine-city September concert tour because of drummer Travis Barker’s ongoing health issues.

This comes after the June postponement of Las Vegas dates at the Pearl Theater — where the three-man band kicked off a seven-month, 16-show residency in May — following the diagnosis that Barker had blood clots in both his arms. Hopes that time off the road would clear up the problem for the hard-hitting drummer have apparently not yet panned out.

In a Thursday post on its Facebook page, the band wrote: “It is with a heavy heart to report that blink must cancel its fall mini-tour which was set to kick off September 8th on their way to headline Riot Fest in Chicago. Medical issues have sidelined Travis per doctors’ orders. Trav’s medical team anticipated that he would be well enough by fall to tour but after recent checkups, they were not able to clear him in time for the scheduled run of dates.”

Barker, 42, added: “The past few months have just sucked as I have been sidelined just waiting for my doctors to clear me so I could get back on the road and perform with my band. Unfortunately, the risks associated with drumming are still too great. I am doing everything I need to do so I can get back on the road as soon as possible. I want to thank my fans, family, friends, and bandmates for all the love and support.”

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If Barker rebounds in time, blink is scheduled to perform eight shows at The Pearl Theater in Las Vegas between Oct. 26 and Nov. 17.

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