Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus says the cancellation of the band’s Christchurch show was out of their control, but that he’s “bummed” about the situation.

Christchurch attendees were told of the cancellation in mid-February around a week and a half out from the concert – originally planned to go ahead on March 4.

The cancellation of the Wolfbrook Arena show was blamed on “unanticipated logistical issues outside of the band’s control”.

Hoppus commented on the cancellation in a series of messages on a publicly accessible Blink 182 Discord server today.

“Bummed about Christchurch. Don’t know what else to say. I know there’s no one to take your anger out on but the band, but it wasn’t our choice or decision,” he wrote.

“Vent all you want in here but it’s never like we want to cancel any shows. I love New Zealand. Wanted to play the show. And had plans to do fun cool stuff while we were there.

“Sucks. But we got a call saying it was cancelled. What else can I do?”

Hoppus added: “No one takes a cancelled show lightly.

“We have the best crew in the business. They will make and have made shows happen in the pouring rain, wind, you name it.

“The months of planning and work that go into every show is unimaginable. No one has any idea. It might seem flippant but literally hundreds of crew affected.

“Fans bought tickets. Plane tickets. Booked hotels. Got babysitters.

“All of our crew. Hotels. Flights. Gear. Trucks full of equipment rerouted.”

The bassist also said he had received abuse online as a result of the news.

It comes after the Californian punk rock band found itself in controversy locally after one band member exclaimed “f*** Christchurch” at a Melbourne show.

Meanwhile, the band hit Auckland’s Spark Arena for the final show of their tour last night, with drummer Travis Barker and partner Kourtney Kardashian also turning heads at a Grey Lynn burger joint.

The couple were spotted at Wise Boys on Saturday afternoon. Barker posted about their vegan meal on Instagram, writing “so good”.

The NZ Herald reported that Wise Boys owner Luke Burrows said staff at the burger shop serving Barker and Kardashian hadn’t recognised the couple at first, but that they quickly caught on when customers asked for photos.

“Some of my staff were pretty gutted to not be working yesterday when they heard who dropped in,” he said.

“Travis is like royalty in the vegan community so it was pretty cool to have someone like that come through.”

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