Due to drummer Travis Barker’s emergency tonsillectomy, Blink-182 has canceled multiple tour dates, including a headlining appearance at Asbury Park’s Bamboozle Festival. Filling the void, local New Jersey heroes My Chemical Romance will perform May 19, the second night of the festival.
“Blink-182 will be greatly missed, and all of us here wish Travis a speedy recovery,” said concert promoters in an official statement.
My Chemical Romance has appeared on the Bamboozle stage as headliners in 2005 and 2007, when the festival took place in the Meadowlands parking lot in East Rutherford, N.J. at Giants Stadium. The emo group is still touring in support of its 2010 release, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
No stranger to unfortunate incidents, Barker survived a 2008 plane crash that claimed the lives of four other passengers, also sparing the life of the late DJ AM who died of a 2009 drug overdose. Barker suffered severe third-degree burns when the Learjet 60 crashed outside Columbia, S.C.
The Bamboozle Festival is a three-day event that will be held on the beach and boardwalk at North Beach Asbury Park, N.J. on May 18, 19 and 20. The festival offers a diverse lineup, including headliners Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Incubus, Brand New, The Gaslight Anthem, Mac Miller, DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore and comedian Andrew Dice Clay.
“I hope Travis is ok,” Clay tells THR.
The funnyman is slated to open for Bon Jovi on the final night of the festival.
“I love that guy. He is one of the top drummers in the country,” he said. “He is phenomenal. I am a drummer, and he’s one of the greats.”
Next Saturday’s show would have been the first time Blink 182 appeared at the festival, said Bamboozle talent agent Christian McKnight.
“For the Bamboozle generation, Blink is one of the biggest bands in that genre,” he said. “Blink is the iconic band a lot of kids grew up on and got a lot of those kids into music.”
One of those kids included Clay’s son, Max, a drummer mentored by Barker at an early age. “Travis used to listen to him [play] on the phone when he was 10 years old,” he said.
Clay said he sympathizes with Barker, and offered some advice. “I had mine taken out when I was five,” said the comedian. “My doctor said to eat ice cream, and I asked my mother for a bagel. But Travis should stay away from bagels for a few days.”