The drummer even took a boat to Blink 182’s recent European tour. He is working hard to overcome his fears though.
Almost four years after the plane crash that left him critically injured, as well as taking the lives of four people, Travis Barker is still deathly afraid of flying.
In this month’s issue of Red Bulletin, the drummer shares how he is working to deal with his fear.
“It’s something I want to overcome,” Barker told the magazine, according to People. “And my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it.”
The plane crash Barker was involved in took place in September 2008 after a college show in South Carolina. DJ AM and four other people were on board. Both Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) were critically injured, with the other four people left dead.
The four victims were the two pilots and Barker’s security guard and assistant.
“I’m contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia,” Barker said. “When I do, I think it’s going to be Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality — knock on wood.”
Goldstein died in August 2009 from a drug overdose in his New York City apartment.
“There’s no reason why I lived and they didn’t,” Goldstein said in an interview with the Television Critics Association just after the 2008 plane crash, according to People. “It’s something that I struggle with every day, you know, kind of wondering. But I’ve just realized I’m never really going to know. I’m alive, and I’m here, and I have another chance. So I have to do something better with my life this time.”
Barker’s band, Blink 182, recently traveled to Europe for tour, but according to People, they took a boat to get there.
Red Bulletin said Barker recently added a new tattoo to his collection, a picture of the Virgin Mary with the words, “One Life, One Chance.”
“It’s important to know, man,” he told the magazine. “Life’s crazy. You never know what you’re going to be served with.”
The issue of Red Bulletin is on newsstands now.