Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker Reflects Three Years After Nearly Fatal Plane Crash
It's hard to believe that it's been three years since a plane crash nearly claimed the life of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
Barker has turned his life around since the fiery crash -- in which Barker suffered serious burns to a large portion of his body -- which took place in South Carolina on Sept. 19 of 2008. For starters, he is meat-free. In a chat with Rolling Stone focusing on his band's comeback with the new album 'Neighborhoods,' Barker said, "I've been vegan since I got out of the hospital … It's another eye opener. It changed my life in a number of ways."
He is more cognizant of what he puts in his body and takes better care of his outside, as well, listing exercise as a priority, saying that he runs daily simply because he can.
The drummer, 35, admitted, "In the hospital, I promised myself that I ever walked again, that I would eat well and swim every day. Before the plane crash, I was battling a painkiller addiction. For years." Barker is also proud as a peacock that he did not take pain meds upon his release. "They told me I'd be on some of the medicine for the rest of my life, but I got off all of them. They made me a completely different person," he revealed.
Overall, he considers the crash like this: "I looked death in the face." And he survived.
Barker is not super quick to get back on the horse, so to speak, and we can't blame him. He doesn't fly, but he is addressing how to get past that fear. "Unfortunately I can't do as much touring as I would like because I don't fly," he says. "It's an obstacle. I'm working on it though. I'm trying to get hypnotized, trying to talk to a doctor who retrains your brain. Maybe he'll help me fly again one day."
Whether or not Barker ever flies again, he's still here, still making music and still beloved by fans!