Blink-182 have announced the cancellation of their forthcoming ‘Blinkin Park’ tour. They were set to co-headline the tour with Californian nu-metal stars Linkin Park before Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide on the morning of 20 July 2017.
The band released a statement on Saturday morning that read: “Blink-182 is wrecked by the loss of our friend and amazing musician Chester Bennington. We could never imagine playing ‘Blinkin Park’ without his incredible talent and voice. It just would not be possible.
“We send our deepest sympathies to his family, band mates, friends and fans. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.”
The announcement comes after Linkin Park cancelled their remaining tour dates. The Californian band were mid-way through their world tour in support of their US chart-topping album One More Light and had recently wrapped up the tour’s British leg with a show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 6 July, just days prior to Bennington’s unexpected death.
Late on Friday night, tour promoter Live Nation released a statement explaining that the nu- metal band had cancelled all scheduled dates. The tour was due to start on 27 July in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and finish on 22 July at the Los Angeles’ Staples Centre.
“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”
Linkin Park has not released an official statement following Bennington’s death by suicide Thursday. However, via Twitter, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker paid tribute to Chester Bennington in a pair of tweets.
“Absolutely heartbroken. I’ll cherish every time we hung out or rocked a stage together. Condolences & prayers to all. So sad,” Barker wrote.
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