Blink-182 Nixes European Shows

Blink-182 has been forced to postpone the remaining dates of its European tour after guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker both came down with strep throat.

Despite having to nix plans for seven shows originally scheduled between March 9 and March 16, the ailing Blink-182 members are expected to be fully recovered in time for the May 11 launch of the band’s U.S. tour with Bad Religion (see “Blink-182 Preps New Tour, Video” ).

In a statement announcing the cancellations, Blink-182 said that it regretted having to pull the plug on the concerts and planned to make up the missed dates when the group returns to Europe for another round of shows late this year.

“We wanted to go on, but the doctors told us that the infection was only going to get worse if we didn’t stop performing,” DeLonge said in the statement. “It came to the point where we felt we couldn’t get on the stage and give our fans anywhere near
the 100 percent that we always give.”

The new Blink-182 video, “Adam’s Song,” premiered on MTV last week, and the clip is already charting regularly on “TRL.”