Travis Barker

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Travis Barker (2008)
Travis Barker (2008)
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Give the drummer some
  US 9 04/02/2011 (5 weeks)
Psycho White (with Yelawolf )
  US 50 December 01, 2012 (1 week)
One Minute (with XXXTentacion & Kanye West )
  US 62 December 22, 2018 (1 week)
11 Minutes (with Yungblud & Halsey )
  UK 59 02/28/2019 (8 weeks)
I Think I'm Okay (with Machine Gun Kelly & Yungblud)
  UK 90 
06/27/2019 (3 weeks)

Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975 in Fontana , California ) is an American drummer who became famous for the punk band blink-182 .


Barker was born in 1975 in a poor neighborhood in Fontana , California and was given his first drum kit at the age of four. At the age of five he received drum and trumpet lessons.

After his school career, during which he played snare in several school miners' trains , he joined several bands under the name Baron Von Tito , including Feeble , The Suicide Machines and the Aquabats . He earned money through small part-time jobs and by giving drum lessons.

When his band at the time, The Aquabats, toured the United States with Blink-182 in 1998, Blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor suddenly left his band. Since Barker accepted the offer to represent Raynor for that evening, he had to learn the complete set of blink-182 , which at the time consisted of more than 20 songs, in less than 90 minutes. Since he succeeded in doing this, he was asked if he wanted to stay with blink-182 on a permanent basis until Raynor returned. Two weeks later, Blink offered him to become a permanent part of the band, as the drummer wouldn't be back.

Barker's first marriage was to Melissa Kennedy. In October 2004, he married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler , with whom he has a son, Landon Asher Barker, born in 2003, and a daughter, Alabama Luella Barker, born in 2005. Together they entered the MTV - reality show Meet the Barkers on. After the divorce was filed in August 2006, the couple found themselves briefly together repeatedly in the following years, but finally separated in spring 2009.

In 2005 blink-182 announced a "break for an indefinite period". However, the band announced the reunion at the 51st Grammys on February 8, 2009 and released the album Neighborhoods in September 2011 .

Broken arm and plane crash

On the +44 tour in November 2006, he broke his arm while shooting the video for When Your Heart Stops Beating , after which he continued to play the rest of the tour with only one arm. He replaced all the hits of the right hand with a sophisticated playing technique of his left hand and additional floor pedals that enabled him to control sounds with his feet. After the temporary healing, he broke his arm again while performing in Amsterdam, so that his friend Gil Sharone stood in for him.

On the night of September 20, 2008, Barker's Learjet 60 crashed while taking off from an airport outside of Columbia, South Carolina. According to a report by the FAA, air traffic controllers noticed during take-off that the aircraft was generating sparks. Thereupon the machine came off the runway, broke through a fence and sped across a street into a guardrail, where the plane exploded. Four people were killed: Barker's personal assistant and friend Lil 'Chris Baker, bodyguard Charles Still, and both pilots. Barker and the late Adam Goldstein known as "DJ AM" were taken to a hospital specializing in burns with burns. Barker suffered burns from the waist down, "DJ AM" suffered burns to his face. It is now believed that a blown tire was to blame for the accident. Barker discontinued his vegetarian diet and ate meat again after 25 years, believing it would help him recover. For health reasons, he has been vegan since 2012.

Since the plane crash, Travis Barker has suffered from an enormous fear of flying. This goes so far that the drummer could not take part in the 2013 Australian tour.

Travis Barker visits the US soldiers in Manama , Bahrain (August 2003)

Side projects

In 2002 he founded together with his bandmates from blink-182 , Tom DeLonge , the alternative band Box Car Racer and 2002 along with Tim Armstrong of Rancid , the punk - hip-hop - Country band transplants , but now dissolved again. Furthermore, Barker has been playing in the band +44 with his bandmate from blink-182, Mark Hoppus , and with Craig Fairbaugh and Shane Gallagher from The Nervous Return since the end of 2005 . In 2006 Barker played a few songs for Avril Lavigne's third album The Best Damn Thing . In 2008 he contributed a song ("Dope Boys") to The Games' third album LAX .

Barker also owns its own clothing label called "Famous Stars And Straps" (FSAS). His drum kits are from the American custom label Orange County Drums and Percussion (OCDP), with which he has an endorsement contract. He is also sponsored by the “ Zildjian ” pool brand, with which he also has an endorsement contract. He can also be found as a playable character in Tony Hawks Project 8 and Guitar Hero World Tour.

Career as a solo artist

In March 2011, Travis Barker's first solo album was released under the title Give the Drummer Some . The album, which is mainly focused on hip-hop , features Barker as a drummer, including Yelawolf , Ludacris , Slash , Snoop Dogg , Cypress Hill , Lil Wayne , Busta Rhymes , Pharrell , Lupe Fiasco , Raekwon , Kid Cudi , Tim Armstrong and Corey Taylor .

The Rolling Stone listed Barker in 2016 to rank 99 of the 100 best drummers of all time .


Travis Barker played as a band member with the bands +44 and Box Car Racer and as a guest musician on individual albums by other artists such as Yelawolf , Avril Lavigne , The Aquabats and The Game . He currently belongs to the bands blink-182 and The Transplants .

Band albums

The aquabats

  • 1997: The Fury of the Aquabats!


Box car racer

  • 2002: Boxcar Racer

The transplants

  • 2002: Transplants
  • 2005: Haunted Cities
  • 2013: In the Warzone


The Fever 333

  • 2018: Made an America (EP)

Solo albums

  • 2011: Give the Drummer Some
  • 2019: Bloodlust

Mix tapes

  • 2011: Let the Drummer Get Wicked



Guest Posts

  • 2011: Simply Unstoppable (Yes Remix) ( Tinie Tempah feat.Travis Barker & Katie Taylor )
  • 2011: Legendary ( Royce da 5'9 ″ feat. Travis Barker)
  • 2012: Cudi the Kid (Steve Aoki feat. Kid Cudi & Travis Barker)
  • 2014: Rude ( MAGIC! Feat. Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ ign & Travis Barker)
  • 2017: Bad Man ( Pitbull feat. Robin Thicke , Joe Perry & Travis Barker)
  • 2019: 11 Minutes (Yungblud & Halsey feat. Travis Barker , US:goldgold)
  • 2019: Long Live ( Lights feat. Travis Barker)
  • 2019: Heartbreak ( Jasiah feat. Travis Barker)
  • 2020: You ( James Arthur feat.Travis Barker)
  • 2020: Halfway Dead (Steve Aoki feat. Global Dan & Travis Barker)
  • 2020: Sick and Tired (iann dior feat. Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Chart sources: UK US
  2. Music Sales Awards: US UK
  3., "Travis Barker back on the meat wagon," October 2008
  4. Peter Robinson: "Travis Barker: 'Being 65% burned ... and burying two of my best friends was hard to deal with'". In: The Guardian . October 2015, accessed April 6, 2018 .
  6. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker cancels tour due to fear of flying. In: Berliner Kurier . February 18, 2013, accessed April 6, 2018 .
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  8. 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. Rolling Stone , March 31, 2016, accessed August 6, 2017 .
  9. Steve Batlin: Forbes : Exclusive: Travis Barker And John Feldmann Present THE FEVER 333