Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker explained in a new interview with Los Angeles radio station KROQ why rapper Lil Wayne nearly left the two act’s co-headlining tour this past summer after missing a handful of shows.
Wayne mulled quitting the trek after a July 11th set in Virginia was greeted by a less-than-enthusiastic reception. But Hoppus defended the rapper, explaining, “There were three issues on the whole tour. One of them was (because) he could not even get to the venue, one he left because the cops were after him, and the one where he walked offstage because of a storm.”
Although Wayne ended his set in Virginia after 20 minutes and said he was considering dropping off the tour, Hoppus stressed the largely overlooked fact that a violent storm nearly canceled the show, leaving thousands of fans stranded outside during Wayne’s opening set.
Travis Barker added, “Sometimes he would hit me and he’d be like, ‘Hey I’m about to let everyone else know I can’t make it to the show — this, this, and that’s going on.’ But it’s usually to protect himself and his freedom. If you’re in a state and the cops start tailing you everywhere and you’re gonna get pinched for smoking weed, it’s just not worth it.”
Blink-182 doesn’t have any future tour dates lined up at the moment, although the trio released its new studio album Nine just last month.