Travis Barker Wasn't Sure That He Could Still Play

03/02/2011
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(Gibson) Between his new solo album, Give the Drummer Some, and a Blink-182 reunion album, Travis Barker has a pretty busy year ahead of him. But, for a while, he wasn't sure he'd ever play again. Barker was seriously injured in a 2008 small plane crash and the drummer recently told RollingStone.com that very few people knew how badly he was hurt.

"For a while after my accident, I was just recovering," he said. "No one really thought I would be able to play drums after all the surgeries and everything. That was always on my mind. Once I was in the studio, it was like, 'I can walk now, I can play the drums still. I have to finish [the solo album].'"

Barker's recovery included 16 surgeries and he almost had one of his feet amputated. He also said his left hand was completely numb for a while. "It was sketchy, so I came a long way. And mentally I was a basket case," he said. "It was a big amount of time to get off of 20 medications that they had me on, and then physically getting in shape. It was heavy." more on this story

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