Travis Barker takes fans aboard his custom tour bus on the newest episode of MTV2’s “The DUB Magazine Project,” and, in the process, opens up about surviving a plane crash four years ago, his newfound lease on life, and his plans to return to the skies.
“I’m scared to death of flying,” Barker said. “The goal is to be stress free, so I think in February will be the first time I fly in four years.”
Barker and his musical partner DJ AM were both critically injured in a September 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that claimed the lives of four others, including Barker’s security guard, Charles “Che” Still, and assistant “Little Chris” Baker . In the crash, Barker suffered second- and third-degree burns and underwent several painful surgeries. He also hasn’t flown since the accident, touring aboard a bus and taking a boat to Blink-182 shows outside of the states.
Barker also spoke about the death of AM less than a year after that crash, saying that, due to his fear of flying, he was forced to take his bus across the country to attend his friend’s funeral.
“When DJ AM passed away, I was in New York, and I found out that morning, and I left that day so I could get home to be home for his funeral,” Barker said. “I did that straight with no stops.”
He then paid tribute to AM by recalling one of his favorite sayings for the DUB cameras, one that he says he lives by every day since his friend’s passing.
“DJ AM used to have a really good saying,” Barker said. “You know ‘Find something you love, and find a way to get paid for doing it.’ ”
“The DUB Magazine Project” airs Sundays at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT on MTV2