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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had a fear of flying ever since surviving a terrible 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that killed four people.

That phobia has made it difficult for him to be part of the band's tour that kicks off tonight in Cardiff, he says in the August issue of The Red Bulletin.

"This will be the big tour that supports the album in Europe. Mind you, I'm not flying, so it's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can't really get everywhere."

He adds, "I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. When I do, I think it's going to be Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality - knock on wood. It's something I want to overcome for me -and my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."

The tour is also important because the band had to cancel dates in May when Barker had to have an emergency tonsillectomy.

"About 12 weeks ago, I did an endoscopy, where they put the camera down your throat," he tells Red Bulletin.

"They found that I had six ulcers, and I had a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which is basically from really extreme acid reflux or if you excessively smoked, your esophagus lining becomes pre-cancerous. Right then and there, I changed my whole life around. I had to stop eating and drinking certain things. And I had this lump in my throat around the same time. My tonsils were three to four times the size they should have been. So eight days ago they yanked my tonsils and my adenoids out."

The surgery prompted Barker, who has two children with Shanna Moakler - Alabama, 6, and Landon, 8 - to make some lifestyle changes.

"I used to love smoking weed. Especially after my accident, I got off my 19 bipolar medicines and all the stuff they said I'd be on for the rest of my life, and I would smoke weed at night if I had anxiety. I always thought I'd be able to do that for the rest of my life, but when your health is on the line, you don't (mess) around. I love being a dad and I love playing music -I'm not trying to give up any of that."

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