Travis Barker: “I want to overcome my fear of flying”

The recent announcement that Blink 182 will be touring Australia early next year without Travis Barker manning the drummers stool has mixed excitement with a touch of disappointment that we won’t be seeing the full lineup of the band.

While bandmates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge will be making their way to Australia in February, Barker has announced that he can’t make the trip as he continues to struggle with a fear of flying following the horrific crash he survived in September 2008. Barker sustained second and third degree burns on his lower body and torso in the accident, which claimed the lives of both members of the plane’s crew and two other passengers. The other survivor of the crash, Barker’s friend and collaborator DJ AM, died less than a year later from a overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs.

However, tn an interview with Red Bulletin, Barker has explained that he is keen to overcome his fear to help his children, telling the magazine that “My kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it…. I want to overcome that eventually”. Barker also admits that his phobia has also made life difficult for his band mates and the group’s reunion. “It’s hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can’t really get everywhere,” Barker explained.

Barker also offers a glimmer of hope that he could make it to the Australian tour dates with the revelation that he’s “contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia.”