Travis Barker believes that his tattoos make police suspicious of him.
The Blink-182 drummer claims he has been unfairly "profiled" twice by the Los Angeles Police Department who immediately presumed him to be a drug-dealer and a member of a violent gang because of his extensive body art.
A spokesperson for the 39-year-old rocker told gossip website TMZ that he was pulled over by police while he was on his way to pick up his daughter in his customized Chevy in LA last Wednesday for not having a front license plate. The spokesperson said upon seeing Travis's tattoos the police officer "accused him of having drugs and weapons in the car" before suggesting he was a member of a gang.
His car was then searched and the father-of-three was free to leave the scene with a ticket and a warning to replace his license plate. According to Travis, this is the second time in a year that he was incorrectly accused of being part of a gang and carrying drugs because of his appearance.
Travis Barker is worried about traveling on tour with Blink-182 after surviving a horrific plane crash in 2008.
The drummer and DJ AM were left in "critical but stable" condition after the accident that killed four passengers, and it still haunts him. Travis admitted that the incident had given him a fear of flying and that is bound to cause issues for the series of concerts which kicked off yesterday.
"This will be the big tour that supports the album in Europe. Mind you, I'm not flying, so it's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can't really get everywhere. I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. When I do, I think it's going to be Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality--knock on wood. It's something I want to overcome for me--and my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."
UPDATE: You can see the video where bassist Mark Hoppus leads into the moment of silence after the jump.
Nearly one year after after escaping a deadly plane crash with Adam Goldstein, Travis Barker has had to say goodbye.
In a series of messages posted today on his Twitter account, the drummer expressed sorrow for the passing of his friend. DJ AM, who used to perform with Barker as part of TRV$DJAM, was found dead yesterday in his New York apartment. An official cause of death is still on hold pending toxicology and tissue results.
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UPDATE: Autopsy will not be officially completed until toxicology and tissue results return in several weeks.
Adam Goldstein, who survived a plane crash with Travis Barker last September, has been found dead.
The 36-year-old, who is better known as DJ AM, was discovered in his New York City apartment this evening by the police department. The authorities were asked to go to the home by a concerned friend who tried to do a welfare check. Goldstein had reportedly not been seen for several days.
Although a cause of death has not yet been determined, several sources claim that drug paraphernalia had been found at the scene.
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UPDATE: Travis Barker has since been released from the hospital.
Three weeks after surviving a fatal plane crash in South Carolina, Travis Barker is now opening up about his recovery process.
In a message posted this weekend on MySpace, the drummer - who is scheduled for another surgery today - shared photos from his hospital stay and thanked fans for their ongoing support. The long-time vegetarian also talks about eating meat (the proteins help with his recovery), the inspiration he felt after seeing DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) and the fine doctors who have been attending to him.
Travis’ recent entry can be read in full after the jump.
Three days after being released from the hospital, DJ AM (a.k.a. Adam Goldstein) attended the funeral for Chris Baker. Baker, one of the four victims from September 20’s crash, was Travis Barker’s close friend and assistant.
Although Goldstein’s burns were mostly covered, injuries to his neck were still visible underneath his green polo. (The attendees were asked to wear Chris’ favorite color to Monday’s service.)
Travis, who was also released from the Georgia hospital yesterday, was unfortunately not able to pay his respects his person. The former Blink-182 drummer, who now (understandably) refuses to fly, is currently en route back to LA via a bus.
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UPDATE: Travis Barker has just been released from the hospital as well.
One week after surviving a deadly plane crash, 35-year-old DJ AM (a.k.a. Adam Goldstein) has been released from the hospital. Goldstein, who was a patient at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, was originally listed in critical condition at the time of admittance. According to Dr. Fred Mullins, Adam was treated for second and third-degree burns to his arms and a portion of his head.
Adam’s departure was addressed in a statement released today by his rep. “While he is deeply saddened by the events, he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends worldwide. We ask that you continue to respect his privacy as he rests and heals and mourns the loss of his friends.”
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You can find an update to this story here.
A Learjet crashed shortly after takeoff last night killing four of the six people on board. The incident, which happened at an airport in Columbia, SC, also injured former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and friend DJ AM (a.k.a. Adam Goldstein).
Barker, also known for his MTV show Meet the Barkers, and Goldstein, Nicole Richie‘s former fiancee, were both taken to an Augusta, GA hospital. The two men were last listed in critical condition and were reportedly being treated for burns.
Those killed in the incident include Barker’s 29-year-old assistant, Chris Baker, and his 25-year-old security guard, Charles Still. The pilot, 31-year-old Sarah Lemmon, and co-pilot, 25-year-old James Bland, were also killed.
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