Blink-182 postpones Tijuana gig and Latin American reunion tour

Travis Barker of Blink-182  June 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. Barker.
Travis Barker of blink-182 underwent surgery Tuesday for a dislocated finger that has led the band to postpone the first leg of its 2023 reunion tour. . He is shown here at the trio’s private concert on June 20, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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The first leg of blink-182’s 2023 reunion tour has been pushed back to allow drummer Travis Barker to recover from finger surgery he underwent Tuesday after injuring one of his fingers — twice — during rehearsals for the tour.

It is unclear if the painful injury will impact the band’s upcoming reunion tour, which is scheduled to kick off in March in Tijuana. Barker toured in 2006 with his left arm in a brace

As a result, the Poway-bred pop-punk band’s tour-opening March 11 show at the Imperial GNP festival in Tijuana has been pushed back to 2024, along with its 10 other March and April concerts in Mexico and South America.

Assuming Barker, 46, is fully healed, the tour will now open May 4 at Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The West Coast leg includes June 16 and 17 Los Angeles concerts at Banc of California Stadium, and June 19 and 20 San Diego concerts at Pechanga Arena.

The tour opens in March in Tijuana, Mexico. The San Diego-bred trio’s two co-founders rekindled their friendship after bassist-singer Mark Hoppus was diagnosed with lymphoma last year

As of this writing, no official statement has been issued by blink’s record company or representatives. However, guitarist-singer Tom DeLonge announced the tour’s postponement in a Wednesday post on his Instagram page.

“Travis needs to go in and have surgery on his finger, and we have to get that well, and we have to get that strong before we can do anything else,” said Delonge, who described Barker’s accident as “a freak accident that no one saw coming.”

Barker dislocated the ring finger on his left hand at a Feb. 7 rehearsal with blink. He re-injured the same finger at a subsequent rehearsal.

The now-postponed reunion will mark the first time DeLonge has done a tour with Barker and bassist-vocalist Mark Hoppus in nearly a decade. The reconstituted trio has been working on a new album that is expected to be released within the next few months.