Just last week, Travis Barker told MTV News that despite a broken right arm, he was determined to play drums on Plus-44's upcoming North American tour — even if it meant "assigning different body parts to different parts of the drums."
But in the end — and despite his best efforts to learn a new way to tackle the instrument he's played for more than 25 years (see "Travis Barker Discusses Bad Break, Road To Recovery") — Barker's injury proved to be too much. On Monday (October 9), Plus-44 announced they were putting tour plans on hold so their drummer can recuperate.
"The first leg of [Plus-44's] fall tour will be rescheduled due to an arm injury suffered by Barker," the band said in a statement. "All rescheduled shows will take place in December; exact dates to be announced soon."
The tour will now kick off November 8 at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida, and end November 22 at St. Andrews in Detroit (see "Plus-44 Announce Tour Dates — For Real This Time"). Plus' tour was scheduled to launch October 13 at Soma in San Diego and included stops at this weekend's Bamboozle Left Festival (see "Dashboard, Plus-44 Help Bring Bamboozle Fest To West Coast"). Those dates are now rescheduled, as are all shows up until a November 6 gig at the Warehouse in Houston, Texas.
In addition, the November 16 show at Lupo's in Providence, Rhode Island, has been canceled, with no makeup date given.
Barker's cohort in the band, guitarist Mark Hoppus, expressed his frustration at Plus' canceled shows but pledged that they'll more than make it up to fans in the cities they're missing this time around.
"We can't wait to get out on the road and show everyone what we've been up to for the past year and a half," he said in a statement. "We will get the word out with the new dates in the next couple of days."