Travis Barker 'Thankful To Be Alive'
Travis Barker has opened up to the media for the very first time about the horrific plane crash that claimed four lives and left the former Blink 182 drummer and DJ AM badly burned.
Travis and DJ AM were on their way to a gig in California when their privately chartered Learjet 60 overran the end of the runway, plowed through a fence and continued onto a road, causing a substantial fire.
The four other passengers killed included the pilot and co-pilot. The other two casualties were Barker's assistant, 29-year-old Chris "Little Chris" Baker, and his security guard, 25-year-old Charles Still.
In the candid interview, Travis reveals that he has always been afraid of flying. He tells US Weekly, "I hate planes. My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened well, I'm just thankful to be alive! I'm just grateful to be here at all."
"I am doing the best I can possibly be. I'm so anxious to get out of here. I've just been in surgery after surgery. I have third degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands was second degree burns and one was third degree burns. I'm trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again. I'm going nuts not being able to see them and spend time with them!" Travis has two children, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2, with his ex wife Shanna Moakler.
Still too shaken to fly, Trav left a hospital in Georgia last week and returned to Los Angeles via bus with his father and Shanna. Just days before, DJ AM had been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home. The drummer also revealed that he has started eating meat to speed up recovery, a valiant effort considering Travis has been a vegetarian for almost 25 years.
"I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements. I changed my diet. I would do anything I possibly could if they said like, 'There's a possibility you might heal faster if you do eat meat or just change your eating habits.' So I did. I don't regret it at all, I feel so much better."
He adds, "I just got out of surgery maybe an hour ago," he said. "They took pieces from my back and pieces of skin from my thighs and they grafted them onto my feet, my heels and my right forearm and it actually stuck!"
Travis is optimistic he shouldn't be in hospital much longer. "I hope not much longer. I sit here and read books and watch TV," he said. "I have had outstanding support from my family and friends. Shanna has been here as much as she could be. I couldn't do it without them."
"I can't wait to get to work on my record. I lost one of my best friends in this crash," he said. "I can't wait to get back to writing and expressing myself, get back into the swing of things. I have so much stuff just jumbled in my head right now. I can't wait!
"I'm trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again," he added.