Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blink 182 Drummer Beats Plane Crash Horror and Takes Ship for Europe Tour

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blink 182 Drummer Beats Plane Crash Horror and Takes Ship for Europe Tour

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BLINK 182 star Travis Barker won't fly any more after he nearly died in a plane crash but he's not going to let that stop him touring the UK and Europe.

The drummer, pictured, will pack a mobile studio and drums onto the Queen Mary liner and spend 10 days on board for the band's 2017 tour.

He was lucky to survive when he was thrown from a burning jet which careered off the runway at Columbia airport, South Carolina in 2008. Four of the six people on board, including the two pilots, died. Barker, now 40, suffered second- and third-degree burns covering some two thirds of his body and needed a blood transfusion and several skin grafts.

He will be at the O2 in July with bandmates Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba and said: "Before the plane accident I was using drugs abusing drugs. I was going round the world on aeroplanes, being pulled in every direction. …

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