Travis Barker of Blink-182 Posts ‘Road to Recovery’ Video


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Blink-182’s Travis Barker takes fans inside battle with blood clots in a new video

Earlier this summer, Blink-182 announced that they were postponing some of their much-anticipated Las Vegas residency because drummer Travis Barker was dealing with blood clots in both of his arms. It’s a scary situation, and now, Barker has started to let fans inside the healing process in a new video called “Road to Recovery.”

“It’s been the longest 4 weeks without playing drums,” Barker explains in the video., which can be viewed below “I played through two shows in Vegas with infection and blood clots before I was able to get a clear diagnosis from a doctor.”

Barker’s video has some live footage from the Las Vegas shows, and also a recent conversation that Barker had with his physician. In the video, it’s apparent that Barker is getting better after taking blood thinners and antibiotics, but the doctor says that he’s not yet ready to get behind the drum kit quite yet.

“At this point now, this is not the right time to go crazy in terms of drumming,” the doctor says. “But ultimately, soon, we’ll get you back on board.”

“I think, in general, we go week-by-week, so next week may be the week that turns around,” he adds.

It’s a good time for Barker to get well. Blink-182 is off the road for a few months, and then, the guys are scheduled to appear at Chicago’s Riot Fest in September.



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