09:44 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 07/14/2012 10:15AM
Nearly four years after a plane crash critically injured Travis Barker and friend Adam Goldstein and killed four others, the Blink-182 drummer has yet to shake his fear of flying.
"It's something I want to overcome," Barker, 36, tells Red Bulletin. "And my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."
Barker even knows what airline he's going to take for his first flight.
"I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia," says Barker. "When I do, I think it's going to be Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality – knock on wood."
Originally posted 09/30/2011 06:30PM
Three years after a horrific plane crash landed him in the hospital, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says his life has changed in some surprising ways.
For starters, the rocker immediately adjusted his diet.
Saying he eats "fake meat," Barker explains, "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 tells Rolling Stone.
He makes exercise more of a priority than ever, and also managed to wean himself off of prescription medication.
Originally posted 03/24/2010 08:20AM
Drummer Travis Barker has been giving Rihanna private music lessons – and she's a great student, he says.
"Teaching Rihanna some things on drums," the blink-182 drummer tweeted on Tuesday, along with a photo of the pair at a rehearsal space in L.A. "She JAMS!!!!! Watch out for her!!"
While Rihanna can be seen behind a drum kit in the video for her latest single "Rude Boy," a source says she really wanted a pro like Barker to teach her how to play so she can perform live on her upcoming European and U.K. tour.
No word yet on whether Rihanna will show off her new skills when she takes the stage at the 2010 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday.
– Marisa Laudadio
Originally posted 09/24/2009 04:00PM
Despite all he's been through in the last year, Travis Barker is coping as best he can since the tragic plane crash and recent death of friend DJ AM, pal and pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek tells PEOPLE.
He is doing "better than I would probably think anyone would really expect," Dyrdek says. "I think he's smart enough to know everything happens for a reason and he's just dealing with it."
Originally posted 09/01/2009 09:50PM
Travis Barker needs more time to grieve.
"After much thought and consideration, Blink-182 has rescheduled their next two shows in order for Travis Barker to mourn the loss of his dear friend Adam Goldstein," the band says in a statement.
Blink-182, which pulled out of Monday's show in Saratoga, N.Y., will now play St. Louis on Sept. 29 and Cleveland on Sept. 30. To accommodate the change, shows in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta have also moved to Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 respectively.
Originally posted 08/31/2009 05:45PM
After struggling through a weekend show, Travis Barker's band Blink 182 pulled out of a Saratoga, N.Y., concert Monday, citing the "circumstances surrounding the unfortunate and untimely passing of our dear friend Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein."
Performances by Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and Chester French were set to continue as planned along with "some special surprises," Blink 182 said in a statement. "We thank all of our fans for their support in this tough time."
Barker, who had been a fellow survivor with Goldstein of a plane crash last year, made it through a difficult performance on Saturday in Hartford, Conn., with a moment of silence dedicated to the celebrity DJ.
Originally posted 08/30/2009 08:30AM
Having expressed his sadness earlier in the day via Twitter about the loss of his friend DJ AM, Travis Barker had to face the music – and the crowd – at a Blink-182 concert Saturday night in Hartford, Conn.
"This night is really hard for us on stage," bassist Mark Hoppus said from the stage. "We lost a dear friend yesterday. His name was Adam Goldstein. You probably know him as DJ AM. He was an innovator and a genius and he loved music more than anything else. Above all he was a dear friend."
Originally posted 08/29/2009 08:00PM
Having shared the harrowing experience of narrowly escaping death together last September – when the Learjet carrying them crashed while taking off from Columbia, South Carolina, killing the four others on board – Blink-182's Travis Barker is now sharing his sentiments about the loss of his friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein.
"Rest In Peace my brother, this really f---s me up," Barker, 33, Tweets. "I'll never forget everything we've been thru and every time i play the drums i'll think of you."
The pop punk drummer also says: "U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being … Don't know how i am gonna play 2night but i am for AM. My brother is gone.i love u and miss u, i'll never forget all the good times we had."
– Stephen M. Silverman and David Caplan
Originally posted 08/07/2009 08:00PM
The first sign of trouble was a mysterious clicking noise.
"What the [expletive] was that?" asks James Bland, 52, co-pilot of the Learjet carrying Travis Barker, DJ AM and others as the plane sped down the runway last year.
"I don't know," replies pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, according to a cockpit recording released Friday of the plane's final moments.
Originally posted 07/06/2009 09:00AM
What would Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler be without a little drama?
"We're not together, but we're really good friends," Moakler told PEOPLE about ex-husband Barker while she attended Saturday's White Party, hosted by Diddy and Ashton Kutcher to benefit Malaria No More. "We have a real love for one another, and we always have."
"Travis is leaving for tour, my babies are going with him, so I'm getting all prepared," says Moakler. "We're lucky that Blink  tours are very lavish. We each have our own buses. At the venues, we set up kid rooms so the kids can kind of get out of the buses and start running around. We have a runner to take [them] 'round. They're going to be going to Canada, to see the different parts of the States … so it's pretty exciting."
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