Travis Barker Cleared to Play as Blink-182 Returns to Vegas

Plus: The Drummer Addresses Rumors About a Reunion With Former Guitarist Tom DeLonge

October 26, 2018
Blink 182

For a guy who makes a living through his arms, summer 2018 must have been the toughest one ever for Blink-182’s Travis Barker.

After kicking off the band’s first Las Vegas residency at Palms Casino Resort in May, Barker was hospitalized in mid-June and Blink-182 was forced to cancel a number of residency and tour shows.

“I had, like, 40 blood clots in my right arm and 16 or 17 in my left arm during the last run in Vegas,” Barker said during an appearance on Mix 94.1’s “Mercedes in the Morning.”

The clots, Barker said, occurred following a medical procedure in which he was stuck numerous times with a dirty needle. Following the cancellations, he also suffered a staph infection and was involved in a collision with a school bus, though in the latter incident, he came out unharmed.

Now, months later, Barker is ready to return to the stage as Blink-182 resumes its residency inside Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater.

“I’m really good,” he said of his health. “I still have a couple blood clots but I’m pretty much cleared to play, so I’m back at it. I’m really excited.”

During the interview, Barker addressed rumors that former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge would be reuniting with the band, saying it wasn’t in the cards, but the two remain very close.

“I’ll send him texts all the time where we just kind of troll each other,” Barker said. “I love him. He’s awesome [and] he’s still a really good friend of mine.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing like that [reunion] where we’re talking about anything except just maintaining a friendship.”

The Palms residency is ta first for Blink-182. Barker said at first they were unsure of committing to the residency, but agreed after seeing the changes taking place at Palms, which is in the midst of a $620 million makeover.

With a musical legacy stretching back to the 1990s, Barker and bandmates Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba were immediately embraced by the Las Vegas community and also formed a bond with the city’s hometown hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights, as the team moved through the 2018 NHL playoffs.

Golden Knights players were in the crowd for Blink-182’s June 8 concert, and Barker also made an appearance alongside the team’s famous “drum bots” and rapper Lil Jon during the Stanley Cup Finals.

“I feel like that gives you more fire, that’s even more exciting,” Barker said of performing in front of the team.

Blink-182 returns to Pearl Concert Theater on October 26. Tickets can be purchased via the Palms website. 


POLL: $200 or $160+40? Taking On Resort Fees

Why Split The Cost - And Annoy Visitors?

Prior to 2012, when you searched for a flight, you'd see a rate. Then you'd go to check out, and the rate ballooned. Taxes. Fees. As far as the eye could see. Since 2012, airlines have had to advertise the full price of a flight. Not the price before fees. Not the price before tax. Just, the out the door, in the plane price. No one complained!

Sure, some airlines have started to nickel and dime once you're inside, with added fees for early boarding, checked bags, carryons, food and more. But the base service - getting you on a plane and from point A to point B - has stayed the same.

Kind of reminds me of resort fees.

The one common refrain I hear from friends that visit town is that the city has become more expensive over the years, resulting in fewer visits. And it's not just my friends - the Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority have seen it too.

Stats (on page 14 of this LVCVA report) show that since 2013, the percentage of visitors polled who visited 5 or more times a year got cut in half. Same with visitors who came four to five times a year. Same with two to three times. The only massive tick up? People visiting once a year, up 14 percent year to year. Which quite possibly means the "whales" of Las Vegas, the ones who visit a lot, aren't visiting as much as they used to.

Some have blamed this on the 1 October shooting, but I think it might be a sign of things to come. And I have a simple idea that can fix it.

When you look for rooms online, you see $40, $100, $200... but that's only the half of it. That rate may very well have a $40 resort fee tagged on. And that won't include parking, which could run another $15 a day. Considering that half of all Las Vegas visitors actually drive here (shocked me too), that's a big chunk! But for the sake of this argument - you're "saving money" if you don't park there.

As a visitor, you check out, and that $160 room rate turned into $200. Do you think you feel happy with that? I know I wouldn't! Over a three day stay, that's an extra $120 you may not have been ready for, charged for services you may very well have not used.

So... here's my proposal: "get rid of" resort fees and roll them into the room rate. If you charge the full cost, and say "AND you'll get access to the gym, wi-fi, and breathable oxygen for FREE", you're getting value! Even if you don't use it, who cares! You didn't pay for it. You just paid for the room that happens to include those extras.

Meanwhile, the alternative is today, where people are forced to pay for services they don't want, and leave feeling taken advantage of. "They surprised me with this $40 per day fee for things I didn't use". Same price at the end of the day, but a different feeling about it.

A couple caveats before I ask you the question of what you'd rather. First, resort fees are big business. Nationwide, they make up $2.7 Billion in revenue. The other thing - here in Vegas the resort fees are taxed just the same as the room rate.

So, the question is...

$160 - Eliminate the resort fee, don't roll it in, and charge for what you use.
65% (30 votes)
$200 - It's honest. Roll the cost into the room and "make the extras free".
33% (15 votes)
$160+40 - Keep the rate low even though you'll get hit with a fee at the end.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 46