Blink-182 have been forced to postpone another set shows in their Las Vegas residency due to ongoing health issues impacting drummer Travis Barker. After calling f two shows (June 15-16) their “Kings 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 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 July when everything will be re-evaluated.”
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.
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 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 the follow-up to 2016's California, describing the sessions as “aggressive and catchy and dark and weird.”
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 f on May 26 and continued on June 8 and 9; the next scheduled residency shows are slated for Oct. 26-27.