It has been more than a decade since Barker was involved in a fiery plane crash that killed four of six passengers on board, shortly after swearing to never set foot on a plane again.
“I could fly again ✈️”, tweeted Blink-182 drummer, 45 Friday afternoon, garnering support from fans with their own airplane horror stories and from those outside the United States who would love to see the musician on tour.
“I was in a plane crash when I was a kid. It took me a few years to fly again. I fly all the time now, but every now and then the fear comes back. Breathing helps. I hope you will recover one day ✈️, ” wrote an encouraging fan.
” You’re welcome! It has been my dream to see @ blink182 perform live for over 20 years, ” another intervened. “As soon as @markhoppus gets good enough we need to see you in the UK!” “
Some followers have suggested that Barker’s current relationship with Kourtney Kardashian was a possible catalyst for his change of heart.
“If you go out with Kourtney, they fly private planes like cars,” wrote a fan. “It is in your best interests to explore and find the strength to do so. Very admirable and I hope all will be well! XO. “
On September 19, 2008, Barker was aboard a private Learjet that crashed in Columbia, South Carolina, killing close friends Chris Baker, Charles “Che” Still and the two pilots. One of the two survivors, Barker suffered third degree burns to 65% of his body and spent months in hospital, undergoing 16 surgeries.
Barker’s friend, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, also survived the crash, but died of an accidental drug overdose a year later.
Barker recalled in his 2015 memoir “Can I Say” that after years of painkiller abuse, his body was so used to drugs that it woke up in agony for almost half of the time. operations. This ultimately became the catalyst for Barker to get rid of his opioid addiction.
“People always think, ‘Did you go to rehab?’ Barker told Men’s Health. ” And me [say], ‘No, I was in a plane crash.’ It was my rehabilitation. Losing three of your friends and almost dying? It was my wake-up call. If I hadn’t been in an accident, I probably would never have quit.