Blink-182 have been forced to postpone another set of shows in their Las Vegas residency due to ongoing health issues impacting drummer Travis Barker. After calling off two shows (June 15-16) of their "Kings of the Weekend" Las Vegas residency at the Palms Hotel and Casino last week, the band announced that residency gigs at the Palms this weekend (June 23-24) will be rescheduled in order to allow Barker to heal.
In a statement, they said that the action was taken "due to blood clots in both of Travis Barker's arms. He has been ordered by his doctors to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel. As it stands now, he will be prevented from playing until the beginning of July when everything will be re-evaluated."
— blink-182 (@blink182) June 19, 2018
On June 16, drummer Barker revealed on Twitter that in addition to blood clots in both arms, he is also suffering from a staph infection, which "wasn't the news I was hoping for. I'll be back soon, thanks for all the love & prayers." A spokesperson for the group also confirmed that Barker is struggling with the skin infection cellulitis as well.
Blood clots in both arms and a staff infection wasn’t the news I was hoping for. I’ll be back soon, thanks for all the love & prayers ----
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 16, 2018
In an interview with Beats 1 on Wednesday (June 20) bandmate singer/bassist Mark Hoppus said he wasn't sure what the prognosis was for Barker but that the drummer has been "in and out of the doctors this week." Hoppus said the dates will be rescheduled and that intention is to come back and play the shows in the future. In the meantime, he said the trio well into the writing of the follow-up to 2016's California, describing the sessions as "aggressive and catchy and dark and weird."
Get well soon, @travisbarker!@markhoppus talks @blink182's Las Vegas residency and writing new music that "is more in line with 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' and the untitled record." https://t.co/qhgKj1mJSa pic.twitter.com/QiU1C5C4zv
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) June 20, 2018
Earlier this month, the band canceled headlining appearances at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati (June 1) and the Colosseum Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario (June 2) as well as a third gig at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa (May 30) due to "unforeseen circumstances." Their Vegas residency kicked off on May 26 and continued on June 8 and 9; the next scheduled residency shows are slated for Oct. 26-27.