December 11, 2015


Blink-182's Travis Barker Talks Scott Weiland & Addiction

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Rock icons from around the world have been eulogizing late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, who passed away last week. Everyone from Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Scott's former Velvet Revolver band mate Dave Kushner have spoken of the rocker, while Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan got in on the action with a touching eulogy. Now we can add Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to that list.

He told Billboard:

"I think it's just ultimately what drugs do when they get the best of somebody. It's sad. Myself, I was addicted to drugs for a long time and the only way I was able to stop doing drugs was being in a plane crash and having morphine for four months when I didn't want it. That's what it took for me to get sober."

He continued:

"It's sad. For me, I'm a good example -- I had to go through it and experience it and it's possible to still be a bona fide rock star and not be a drug addict. You can get through it. Find other things to get addicted to, like boxing or music, what got you in the business in the first place. Having children was a constant reminder for me to get my shit together."

Read the rest of the conversation here, then click through our gallery of 14 drummers we love.