Travis Barker
American drummer and music producer
Travis Barker
Travis Landon Barker is an American musician, producer and entrepreneur, most noted as the drummer for the American rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists, and with the alternative rock band 44, the rap rock group The Transplants, and the alternative rock band Box Car Racer. He was a frequent collaborator with the late DJ AM, and together they formed TRV$DJAM.
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American Music Awards: The Chainsmokers and Halsey Perform "Closer" With Travis Barker
Yahoo News - 3 months
The DJ duo hit the stage Sunday night.
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Blink-182 Talks Teen Angst And The Mysterious Meaning Behind Its Name
Huffington Post - 8 months
“I guess this is growing up,” Mark Hoppus sings with a raspy croon. It’s the catchy, jump-around chorus of “Dammit,” one of Blink-182’s breakout songs, recorded in 1997 for their second studio album, “Dude Ranch.” Hearing the band play the song this week at a Capital One and Uber-sponsored show in Manhattan, where they performed their old stalwarts plus a few hooky selections from their new album, “California,” is a quick trip back in time. Although much has changed for the band mates in the past 19 years -- one member, Tom DeLonge, has been replaced by Alkaline Trio singer and guitarist Matt Skiba, and bassist Mark Hoppus has a teen son of his own now -- they’ve retained their same smooth, buoyant pop-punk sound, revisiting the palatable anthems that elevated their tinny three-piece to pop star status. The urgent instrumentals and sulking lyrics of earlier albums reflected on high school breakups and the pleasant thrills of young love. In “California,” the same mood is transpo ...
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10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game Hosted By Floyd Mayweather
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game and Toy Drive, presented by Team Watson and TMT at the Calabasas High School Gymnasium. Hosted by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, the event raised money for kids battling cancer and helped put smiles on the faces of dozens of disadvantaged children this holiday season. Team Mayweather vs. Team Watson line up. The event was impressive on many levels. I was blown away by the sheer number of people in attendance, as well as the large number of well-known celebrities that came out to show their support for the cause. Celebrities such as Travis Barker, former NBA point guard and hall of famer Mark Jackson, Los Angeles Clipper Paul Pierce, as well as many others, were all there to take a stand against cancer in the community. Los Angeles Clippers' Paul Pierce Many if not all of the featured guests made generous donations in support of this worthy cause to help many of those in n ...
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10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game Hosted By Floyd Mayweather
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Celebrity Basketball Charity Game and Toy Drive, presented by Team Watson and TMT at the Calabasas High School Gymnasium. Hosted by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, the event raised money for kids battling cancer and helped put smiles on the faces of dozens of disadvantaged children this holiday season. Team Mayweather vs. Team Watson line up. The event was impressive on many levels. I was blown away by the sheer number of people in attendance, as well as the large number of well-known celebrities that came out to show their support for the cause. Celebrities such as Travis Barker, former NBA point guard and hall of famer Mark Jackson, Los Angeles Clipper Paul Pierce, as well as many others, were all there to take a stand against cancer in the community. Los Angeles Clippers' Paul Pierce Many if not all of the featured guests made generous donations in support of this worthy cause to help many of those in n ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Travis Barker Finds "Bright Side" of a "Horrific" Life in New Memoir
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When done right, autobiographies can be masterworks of literature. They can take you inside the mind of a person/personality, and intimately let you into their lives. Most times, however, they follow a template and come off as formulaic story without the Clara Peller beef. Joe Perry managed to avoid the bottomless bargain bin with his unique, honest, and well-written Rocks last year, and Travis Barker has done it this year. With CAN I SAY: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums Drums Drums, the Blink 182 drummer is at his most vulnerable - revealing truths about drug addiction, failed marriage and projects, and the outer and inner wounds left from a 2008 plane crash that claimed the lives of four, and left him with second and third degree burns over about 1/3 of his body. The overdose of close friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, who also survived the crash, is also discussed at length. Overall, the book, co-written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards, hits you like a pu ...
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Full Episode: Nightline 10/20/15: Blink 182's Travis Barker Recounts Painful Recovery After Plane Crash
ABC News - over 1 year
A New Generation of Downsizers; Meet the 'Back to the Future' Fan Building Tricked-Out DeLoreans
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Watch: Travis Barker Speaks Out on Plane Crash in New Memoir
ABC News - over 1 year
The Blink-182 drummer details his survival and recovery in "Can I Say."
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Travis Barker Talks About 2008 Plane Crash That Nearly Killed Him
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182 can now add "author" to his name. Barker is releasing his memoir, called Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, on Oct. 20.  In the book, Barker talks about surviving the plane crash he was in during 2008, which killed four others. The drummer escaped the crash with the late DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) and both suffered second- and third-degree burns. Barker shared an excerpt from his upcoming book with Us Weekly. "At that moment, I felt like I was running for my family. I didn't care about anything except being with my kids, my father, my sister, Shanna ... I didn't think I was going to survive," Barker wrote.  DJ AM and Barker were flying back from a concert in Columbia, South Carolina, when the private jet they were in became engulfed in flames. Eyewitness William Owens saw the plane crash happen when he was driving down the highway.  "It ignites -- it crashed, in fact -- went across the highway and crash ...
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Carmen Electra Flashes Chest, Goes Bra-Less in See-Through Dress While on Dinner Date With Blink 182's Travis Barker: Picture
US Magazine - about 3 years
Carmen Electra gave photographers an eyeful on Tuesday, Jan. 21, when she exited Crossroads Restaurant in West Hollywood in a see-through black cutout dress.  PHOTOS: Celebrity wardrobe malfunctions The bra-less look left little to the imagination, clearly displaying Electra's nipples as she left her dinner date with Blink 182 rocker Travis Barker.  The drummer, 38, left the date night spot first, and the Baywatch star, 41, followed soon after. PHOTOS: Stars without underwear  The two are rumored to be dating after Electra ended a brief romantic relationship with pal Simon Cowell in February 2013. Barker has been single since his divorce from former pageant queen Shanna Moakler was finalized in 2008.  PHOTOS: Hot celebs in swimsuits over 40 The television personality and model has been married twice before, to former NBA star Dennis Rodman in 1998 and to Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro in 2003.  This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Carmen El ...
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No joke, Blink-182 finds a happy mix between passion and parties
LATimes - over 3 years
Pop-punk upstarts Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge weather infighting and personal tragedies to arrive at a fresh stage of alterna-rock inspiration. For airplane-phobic drummer Travis Barker, the gig required a quick trip across town in a pimped-out low rider. Singer-bassist Mark Hoppus flew 5,400 miles from London. And with sky's-the-limit rock-star gusto, guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge bypassed traffic on the 405 and helicoptered in from San Diego.
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Blink-182 To Play Hollywood Palladium For Album Anniversary
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker appeared on Monday morning's "Kevin & Bean" show in Los Angeles to announce their plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band's 2003 album, "Blink-182." To mark the milestone, Blink will play the album in its entirety at two shows at the Hollywood Palladium on Nov. 6 and 7. “It’s something special," Hoppus said. "It’s the 10-year mark of this album. We just did a run ... but this is solely, purely for our fans. It’s like a way of giving back and really celebrating an album that was alike a turning point for our career." Take a listen to Barker and Hoppus' interview below.
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Travis Barker
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On Nov. 2, 2015, Barker debuted on the first live show of a North American tour as the new drummer for Antemasque, a four-piece rock band lead by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.
    More Details Hide Details Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez were both previously in the bands At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta. I ran to get out of the plane, but I fell through a wing. I immediately soaked up with jet fuel and caught fire. And then I was on fire, running like hell. I was running for my family: I didn't care about anything except being with my dad, my sister, Shanna, my three kids. On September 19, 2008, TRV$DJAM performed at an event with Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, and Gavin DeGraw in Columbia, South Carolina. The trip was a special occasion: "We all thought it was kind of a treat - we were on a private plane," Barker said. Barker had invited his ex-wife Moakler, but she declined, saying she had a weird feeling about leaving their children. With a vacant seat, Barker invited his security guard Che Still, figuring he'd be good company and would enjoy the trip. Barker was always afraid to fly; in his teenage years, he was "sure" he would die in a plane crash. When Blink-182 were putting together artwork for Take Off Your Pants and Jacket in 2001, they created a "Zoso-like" icon for each band member: a jacket, a pair of pants and an airplane. "Please don't give me the plane - I have a really fucked-up fear of flying," Barker begged, who ended up with the plane anyway.
    Barker has written a memoir entitled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, which was released on October 20, 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    On August 5, 2013, Barker announced that he would soon be releasing a song with Hopsin, Yelawolf and Paul Wall, with additional production by Scoop DeVille.
    More Details Hide Details He is currently producing a solo hip-hop centered album. Barker owns and contributes to several businesses in addition to his musical interests. He founded an accessory/apparel company called Famous Stars and Straps in 1999, which sells street/skate style clothing and gear. Barker has said the brand's trademark "F" for the logo was chosen for its resemblance to a car logo but mainly for the fact that it can stand on its own. Barker is also business partners with famous skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and together they are part of the team that own the clothing label named Rogue Status, and in 2009 another label called DTA. He co-founded LaSalle Records, a record company to which his band, Transplants, are signed. He has dabbled in the restaurant industry, opening a Wahoo's Fish Taco restaurant in Norco, California. Barker has developed a shoe for DC Shoe Company called the "Alias Remix" and also endorses both Orange County Drum and Percussion (OCDP) as well as Zildjian. He also has his own line of drumming products, sponsored by Zildjian.
    In late December Travis Barker confirmed they were working on a collaboration EP which was to be released in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Also, in an interview with David Ciauro, Barker explained that he doesn't see himself as the best drummer in the world and that he simply tries to be the best he can be. He also stated that other drummers might not view him as a very traditional drummer due to the fact that he mixes things up by playing other genres when playing the drums. On February 5, 2013 Hopsin announced that all the record production had been finished for the EP.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    In December 2012, American rapper Hopsin had hinted on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he and Travis Barker were working on a project together.
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    As of late, Barker has continued his collaborations, working with Chester French, LL Cool J, Cypress Hill and producing an entire EP of collaboration, Psycho White, with rapper Yelawolf. Blink-182 split from Interscope Records in 2012 and recorded Dogs Eating Dogs, an EP of new material.
    More Details Hide Details Barker was unable to attend Blink-182's Australian tour in 2013; Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D) filled in.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    After more than two years of setbacks and delays, Barker finally released his long-in-the-works solo debut, Give the Drummer Some, in March 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The record features collaborations with artists from Lil Wayne to Slipknot's Corey Taylor. Neighborhoods, likewise, was released in September 2011 and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
    The crash led Barker to make some lifestyle changes; as of 2011, he now runs and swims each day, eats well and has gone vegan since leaving the hospital, although he had already been vegetarian for 17 years.
    More Details Hide Details He has also overcome a painkiller addiction he had for years prior to the plane crash. "I didn't even take any pain medication after I got out of the hospital. They told me I'd be on some of the medicine for the rest of my life, but I got off all of them," said Barker. "They made me a completely different person." Barker hasn't flown since the accident, so he travels by himself on his bus - and takes a boat when Blink tour Europe. The recording process for Neighborhoods, the band's sixth studio album, was stalled by their studio autonomy, tours, managers, and personal projects. DeLonge recorded at his studio in San Diego while Hoppus and Barker recorded in Los Angeles. In addition, Barker's completion of his solo album stood in the way.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    In the midst of the band's reunion tour in August 2009, DJ AM was found dead by a friend in his New York apartment.
    More Details Hide Details Though Goldstein had been prescribed medication for pain following the crash, the medical examiner reported that he died from "acute intoxication" listing several prescription drugs and cocaine. The following night's Hartford, Connecticut show was difficult for the band; as the band played "Down" in tribute, the three began crying. Subsequent dates were rescheduled over the next week in order to allow the news to sink in.
    Barker continued to produce remixes throughout 2009, including a remix of "3 a.m.
    More Details Hide Details " by Eminem; he also collaborated with ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.
    Eventually, Blink-182 appeared for the first time on stage together in nearly five years as presenters at the February 2009 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The band's official website was updated with a statement: "To put it simply, We're back. We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our legacy."
  • 2008
    Age 32
    Barker recovered from the incident, enabling him to return to the recording studio in November 2008.
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    Barker sued the plane's owners, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and an airplane maintenance company on November 21, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He sought more than $25,000 in damages "for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings, and medical and legal expenses", claiming that the companies had "improperly operated and maintained the Learjet". The lawsuit claims the Learjet's pilots were "improperly trained and should have tried to take off rather than continue down the runway." The mother of Barker's bodyguard, Charles Monroe Still Jr., who was killed in the crash, joined the lawsuit. She sued the companies for "damages including grief and sorrow, funeral expenses and loss of earnings." The court case was settled in December 2009, with lawyer William L. Robinson, who represented some of the companies, saying the terms of the settlement are confidential.
    Barker called DeLonge from the hospital. "He's cracking jokes," Barker remembered. "I called Mark and told him, 'Tom's the same dude we used to know.'" After a two-hour phone conversation between DeLonge and Hoppus, an arrangement was made for the trio to meet up at Hoppus and Barker's Los Angeles studio in October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details DeLonge was the first to approach the subject of reuniting. The trio had, in Hoppus's words, "two gnarly heart-to-hearts," during which the three opened up. "Tom had just kind of come out to Los Angeles for the day," recalled Hoppus, "I remember he said, 'So, what do you guys think? Where are your heads at?' And I said, 'I think we should continue with what we've been doing for the past 17 years. I think we should get back on the road and back in the studio and do what we love doing.'"
    He began performing with DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) in June 2008 in a collaboration called TRV$DJAM.
    More Details Hide Details Essentially, DJ AM would mix a set of classic songs (which ranged from classic rock to dance) live with two turntables, then Barker would "enhance AM's groove" with live drums. The duo performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 7. "Our little duo of drummer and DJ had reached heights we never thought were possible," said Barker in a 2011 interview.
    Barker continued releasing hip-hop remixes in 2008; a well-received remix of Flo Rida's "Low" followed the "Crank That" rendition.
    More Details Hide Details The videos of Barker playing the revamped tracks grew heavily in popularity on YouTube. Barker hoped to collate his growing arsenal of remixes with a bunch of new tracks on which he was working. It began to germinate into the idea of making a solo album, producing it all himself. As 2008 wore on, it became evident that the project would supersede +44 for the immediate future, though the band would return, by all accounts, once everything was in place for the solo record. Guests who recorded with Barker included Young Dro, E-40, Willie Nelson and Damian Marley.
    However, as of February 11, 2008, the couple's divorce had been finalized. Barker and Moakler were together during a DJ set Barker was playing with DJ AM in Las Vegas on January 7, 2009. The couple attempted to rekindle their relationship in early 2009 but announced that they were no longer together on April 1, 2009, amid reports that police had been called to their home after a fight; no charges were filed against either party.
    More Details Hide Details Barker is a vegan and owns the Los Angeles-based Vegan restaurant Crossroads. Barker was raised Catholic, believes in God and prays regularly with his children. Barker is currently sponsored by Orange County Drums and Percussion for drums, Drum Workshop for hardware and pedals, Zildjian cymbals and drumsticks, and Remo drumheads. With Blink-182 With Transplants With +44 With TRV$DJAM With the Aquabats With Box Car Racer With Expensive Taste With Yelawolf With Asher Roth and Nottz
  • 2007
    Age 31
    In March 2007, Moakler revealed to People magazine that she and Barker (still married) were back together, but denied that she was pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details This admission came after the couple were publicly affectionate at a surprise birthday Barker threw for his wife in Miami. People.com later reported that the couple had separated again. No reason was given for the split. Barker and Moakler were seen together at the 2007 Video Music Awards kissing and holding hands.
    Despite their pending divorce, reports surfaced in early 2007 that Barker and Moakler were "quietly trying to give it another go" as they were reportedly seen autographing a fan's book, with a heart around their names.
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    In early 2007, Barker began to work on hip-hop remixes and production techniques for many artists, preparing some loops and beats for Juelz Santana and looking to open two new boutiques, one in Los Angeles name Fast Life and one in Venice Beach by the name of Rogue Status.
    More Details Hide Details He also kept busy drumming for Idiot Pilot ("Elephant") and the Federation ("Black Roses"), as well as creating well-received remixes of Rihanna's "Umbrella" and "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". After a stint on the Honda Civic Tour with Fall Out Boy and Cobra Starship, +44 began work on a second studio album that October.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    On August 8, 2006, Barker filed for divorce from Moakler after nearly two years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details The couple's divorce was made public as each used their MySpace pages to air their feelings on the matter.
    After he and Moakler split up in 2006, he was frequently spotted at nightclubs—and photographed necking with Paris Hilton. Trying to blot out the guilt of giving his children a broken home, he consumed "excessive amounts" of prescription painkillers, marijuana and alcohol. The painkiller usage eventually developed into a full-fledged addiction over 2007.
    More Details Hide Details +44 embarked on a promotional tour of the United Kingdom directly after filming the music video for lead single "When Your Heart Stops Beating". Barker was in constant pain after performing night after night, even after altering his kit to accommodate. Doctors informed Barker he had in fact broken a bone in his arm during the video shoot, and was informed to immediately rest and not take part in any future live dates. Despite this, Barker soldiered on, performing with one arm ("Def Leppard style," confirmed Hoppus).
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    Barker has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including his own reality show, Meet the Barkers, with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler, which debuted in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Barker is in a brief scene with Blink-182 in the teen movie American Pie. In 2003, he appeared in an episode of MTV's Punk'd, a Candid Camera-esque television show, in which he took part in a set-up bareknuckle boxing match; he also appeared and spoke alongside Linkin Park-vocalist Chester Bennington on MTV's Icon show honoring heavy metal band Metallica in May of that year. In 2006 Barker starred in a Boost Mobile commercial, which was detailed in an episode of Meet the Barkers. He's also played a few guest starring roles such as a rapper on the popular crime drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2001, he appeared with Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge in the skit "Leave it to Blink-182", a parody of "Leave It to Beaver", on the late night TV show MADtv. In a slight departure from his usual genres, he made an appearance on the 41st annual CMA Awards in 2006, performing a medley of songs by country icon Buck Owens with a group of artists including Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, and former Byrds bass player Chris Hillman.
    The +44 project came to a turning point when Hoppus and Barker purchased their own studio in October 2005, named Opra Music.
    More Details Hide Details From there, the electronic demos turned into a full band, and the group began recording in earnest in February 2006. When Your Heart Stops Beating, the debut of +44, was greeted by less-than-stellar reviews and little commercial success. Barker filed for divorce from Moakler that August; both used their MySpace blogs to comment on the situation. Their breakup and the drama surrounding it made them tabloid favorites.
    Barker began another new project in 2005 called Expensive Taste, featuring Paul Wall and Skinhead Rob—the project would be more traditionally hip-hop.
    More Details Hide Details Barker also turned his direction to producing, working with artists such as Bun B and T.I..
  • 2004
    Age 28
    After a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired wedding in October 2004, Barker starred in the MTV reality series Meet the Barkers with Shanna Moakler.
    More Details Hide Details The series followed Barker and his new family through his daily life, including Blink-182's final tour and the new Transplants album. The new Transplants record, Haunted Cities, was completed in the aftermath of the Blink-182 "hiatus" and released that summer. Meanwhile, Hoppus and Barker continued recording music together and began working on electronic demos in Barker's basement and Hoppus' dining room, which they called +44. The project was put on hold due to Barker's Warped Tour commitments that summer.
    He injured his foot at a Melbourne, Australia show in 2004 but performed the next night using his left foot for the kick-drum; he was in so much pain afterward that the tour had to be cancelled.
    More Details Hide Details Barker's doctor informed him that not only did he break his foot, but he tore tendons and ligaments—described by Hoppus as "the type of injury that people get in motorcycle accidents." In the meantime, Barker purchased a Wahoo's Fish Taco franchise in Norco, California, and began work on a new Transplants record. The year for Blink-182 rounded off with a European tour that was soured by division in the band. In February 2005, the band issued a press statement announcing their "indefinite hiatus." The band had broken up after arguments regarding their future and recording process. DeLonge desired to work only at his San Diego home and record his contributions there. Unresolved feelings from the Box Car Racer side project emerged too, creating rifts.
    The Kinison, who supported Blink-182 on their tour dates, impressed Barker and were the first group signed to LaSalle Records, the label Barker officially set up in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details LaSalle was named after Barker's favorite Cadillac, and the label was designed to branch out to find all types of music, be it country or hip-hop. Barker met once a week with designers at Famous Stars and Straps to oversee designs for shoes and in his spare time picked up boxing. He also became engaged to Moakler at the beginning of the new year.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    Shortly before the album's completion, Barker's girlfriend, ex-Miss USA Shanna Moakler, gave birth to his first son, Landon Asher, in October 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, the band's eponymous fifth studio album was released, and lead singles "Feeling This" and "I Miss You" charted high. Critical reviews were positive, but fans were split regarding the band's more "mature" direction.
  • 2002
    Age 26
    Barker's first marriage, to Melissa Kennedy, lasted nine months until he filed for divorce in August 2002.
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    Through a connection with Jerry Finn, Rancid vocalist Tim Armstrong contacted Barker in the summer of 2002 to record tracks for a rap/rock collaboration called the Transplants.
    More Details Hide Details Armstrong, who lived in a residential part of Los Angeles, had a gentlemen's agreement with neighbors that he would cut off any "super-loud" sounds by the time they arrived home from work at 5pm. Barker set up his drums by 11am and cut the drums for nearly the entire Transplants record—over fourteen tracks—in one sitting. For his role on the Transplants record, Rolling Stone called Barker "punk rock's first superstar drummer." Barker had also remained busy, appearing in the Puff Daddy video for "Bad Boy for Life," as well as adding to his collection of vintage Cadillacs. In January 2003, Blink-182 began recording their fifth album, ditching their typical previous recording process (writing and demoing several songs and recording them in a studio one instrument at a time), and instead moving into a house and approaching each song together. The home was rented and located near San Diego, and converted into a studio. The band "attacked" each song and worked on three-four songs per day, simply moving on to the next one when feeling "burned out" on a track. Barker left that spring to tour with Transplants, leaving the band with a variety of drum tracks to listen to while he was gone.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    In 2001, Barker married Melissa Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details Following a cancelled European tour, DeLonge went back to San Diego to record an album he deemed an experiment in ideas he felt weren't suited to Blink-182. DeLonge, not wanting to pay for a studio drummer, simply asked Barker to step in and perform on the record, called Box Car Racer. The experiment became a full-time band and toured in 2002, which led to strained relations between DeLonge and Hoppus. Hoppus was very interested in being a part of the project, but DeLonge did not want the record to turn into another Blink-182 album. Regardless, Hoppus felt betrayed on the side project and it would become an unresolved tension that followed the band for the following few years.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    One of the blows he landed on the guy's face broke Barker's right pinkie, a hairline fracture. "That guy was way bigger and older than me," Barker cracked in an interview with Rolling Stone, who gave the trio a cover story in August 2000. "Ohio's not that tough."
    More Details Hide Details Damon DeLaPaz, guitarist of Fenix TX, stepped in on drums for Barker. Blink-182's next effort, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), was greeted with immediate success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and going triple platinum within three weeks (the record eventually sold in excess of 14 million copies worldwide).
    Meanwhile, Blink-182 was forced to postpone remaining dates of a spring European tour in 2000 when both DeLonge and Barker came down with strep throat.
    More Details Hide Details The band played to sold-out audiences and performed worldwide during the summer of 2000 on the Mark, Tom and Travis Show tour. During the tour, he and Kennedy took a taxi to a Taco Bell on an "off" day in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Two men aggressively began flirting with Kennedy, and Barker was involved in an altercation, toppling his larger assailant.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    Barker continued playing with Blink-182 throughout 1998 and stepped in to play with the Vandals, where he filled in for Josh Freese as the year closed.
    More Details Hide Details MCA gave the band its first professional recording budget, and the trio returned to DML Studios in San Diego to write their follow-up. Barker would drive down each day from Riverside to take part in the writing process. When the band completed writing and recording demos for the songs, the three headed to Los Angeles to record drum tracks at Chick Corea's Mad Hatter Studios in January 1999, and Barker completed the tracks in only a few days. Producer Jerry Finn worked with the trio on these sessions, who polished the recordings and helped the band hone its sound. The result—Enema of the State—was released in June 1999 and catapulted the trio to stardom, becoming the biggest pop punk band of the era. Three singles were released from the record—"What's My Age Again? ", "All the Small Things", and "Adam's Song"—that crossed over into Top 40 radio format and experienced major commercial success. "All the Small Things" became a number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, but also became a crossover hit and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its video parodied boy bands and pop music videos and won a Moon Man for Best Group Video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. The album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and had a considerable effect on pop punk music. The band began its first arena tour in the fall of 1999.
    The trio's drummer, Scott Raynor, announced to his fellow members that he would depart following the SnoCore Tour in February 1998.
    More Details Hide Details For many shows during a short mini-tour across the West Coast, the ensemble enlisted Barker to fill in for Raynor. Barker, who had not had time to prepare or practice with the duo, learned the drum tracks for the 20-song setlist in only 45 minutes before the first show and performed them flawlessly thereafter. Raynor returned in May but arguments only grew worse. Raynor had suffered tragic loss throughout the year and was drinking heavily. In addition, he was still unhappy with the band's decision to sign to MCA Records over Epitaph Records. Bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge presented an ultimatum—quit drinking and go to an in-patient rehab or be fired—and although Raynor agreed, he was fired regardless. Faced with a huge amount of summer tour dates and a new album in the planning stages, they recruited Barker once more. "I remember Travis rehearsing backstage for an hour or two, then playing with them during sound-check," recalled Aquabats member Adam Deibert. "A few of us were standing by the stage and I vividly remember the feeling of this is the new Blink. We should have looked for a new drummer right then because it was so obvious what band he belonged in." The addition of Barker inspired DeLonge and Hoppus to "play better" and keep up with their new member, whom DeLonge called "perfect."
    His career rose when he joined up with Blink-182 in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Barker has since established himself as a versatile drummer, producing and making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip hop, alternative rock, pop and country. He has gained significant acceptance within the hip-hop community in particular and often collaborates with artists to compose rock-tinged remixes to their songs. Barker collaborated with artists (including Game, Yelawolf, Tom Morello, Corey Taylor, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, RZA, Slash, and other musicians) for his solo debut album, Give the Drummer Some, which was released on March 15, 2011. In 2011, he worked with Steve Aoki and Kid Cudi in Aoki's hit single Cudi the Kid, as part of his album Wonderland, with Barker as lead drummer. Aside from drumming, he founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004. Companies such as DC Shoes and Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name. Rolling Stone referred to him as "punk's first superstar drummer."
  • 1997
    Age 21
    He recorded one album with them, The Fury of The Aquabats!, in 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 20
    After the split of his first band, Feeble, Barker began playing for the Aquabats in 1996 as the Baron Von Tito.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 19
    Barker later married actress and Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler on October 30, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a Gothic-style ceremony inspired by the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas which was held on the eve of Halloween. Barker and Moakler have two children together, Landon Asher Barker (born October 9, 2003) and Alabama Luella Barker (born December 24, 2005). Atiana Cecilia de la Hoya (born March 29, 1999) is Moakler's daughter with former boyfriend Oscar de la Hoya. The family appeared in a reality television series, Meet the Barkers, which aired on MTV from 2005 to 2006.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1975.
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