To many of his fans, Travis Barker is likely more well known for his drumming skills on Blink 182 hits like “I Miss You,” “All The Small Things” and “Adam’s Song.” Very few realize that in 2008, Barker was told that he would never be able to play the drums again. This was following a plane crash during a trip from South Carolina to California, where two of his friends died and Barker spent 11 weeks in the hospital and underwent 27 surgeries.
“I was doing a lot of drugs recreationally, and I was living a very wild rockstar lifestyle before,” he said on a television show called “The Doctors.” Barker even admitted to offering a friend $1 million to kill him. After making a full physical recovery, Barker kept doing drugs to self-medicate post-traumatic stress disorder, exacerbating physical and mental health conditions.
A conversation with his doctor began to turn things around: “I decided to quit my prescription drugs when the doctors had said, ‘You’re probably going to be on most of these drugs for the rest of your life because you went through such a horrific experience, and you’re dealing with bipolar disorder. You’ll probably never play drums again, you’ll never run again,’” he recalled. “Then the challenge was in my mind just to prove them wrong.”
Fast-forward nearly a decade and Travis Barker now practices drumming up to five hours per day, runs daily and is an avid boxer. The musician claims that he is healthier than ever before.