Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has opened up about how he intends to travel to the band’s upcoming UK tour – after he developed a fear of flying after being in a plane crash.
The ‘What’s My Age Again’ pop-punk trio will be bringing their new album ‘California’ back to the UK next July, but Barker won’t be travelling by plane with the rest of the band. The drummer was seriously injured in a plane crash in 2008, with the subsequent anxiety and depression so great that he ‘offered a friend $1milllion to kill him’.
“For me, there’s only one way to get there and that’s on a boat,” Barker told Radio X of his travel planes for the UK tour. “It’s like 10 days.”
He went on: “What works for me, I spend the time working out, I usually run an hour and a half a day ’cause our shows are about an hour and a half. I usually play drums 2-3 hours a day and then I usually bring a studio and I just work on production and music for other artists that I’m working with”.
Barker added: “Everyone on the boat is super supportive,” said the 40-year-old star. “I play with some of the bands on the Queen Mary 2. And even some of the workers have a band where they play covers and I just hang out with them and play drums with them.”
Blink-182 will play:
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (July 3)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (July 4)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (July 5)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (July 7)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (July 9)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (July 11)
Manchester, Arena (July 14)
Liverpool, Echo Arena (July 15)
Bournemouth, BIC (July 17)
London, The O2 (July 19)