Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker may travel by boat to Europe in order to tour there with the band, according to NME.com. Barker suffers from anxiety about flying ever since a 2008 plane crash in which four people died and he was just one of two survivors. Barker received serious burns over a large portion of his body in the crash and underwent multiple skin graft surgeries.
Barker told us a while back that he’s worked hard to overcome the after-effects of his tragic experience: [“Sure, I have obstacles and stuff that slow me down, but nothing can slow me down the way I think or whatever, because I am here and I am healthy and I’m — you know, I have my life and I have music, so any obstacles I do have, I ignore and I conquer. I don’t let them get to me.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . get to me.)
- Barker sat out an Australian tour with Blink in 2013 because of his inability to overcome his fear of flying.
- Bassist Mark Hoppus said about the prospects for the European tour, “We are looking into it. Hopefully we can make it work. Travis is looking into the possibility of taking a boat from L.A., which is a very long trip.”
- Blink is going to be touring behind its new album, California, which came out earlier this month.
- It’s the first Blink album to feature guitarist/singer Matt Skiba, who joined the band last year after co-founder Tom DeLonge elected to pursue his studies of UFO activity and solo projects rather than record and tour with Blink.
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- Have you ever been afraid to fly? Was there a reason for it or was it a phobia?
- Were you able to overcome it?
- Do you have any other fears or anxieties?
- Do you blame Travis Barker for not being able to fly after the ordeal he went through?