In the current day and age, you need friendships that last a lifetime. Thankfully, Travis Barker had an outstanding friendship with Taylor Hawkins before the latter’s passing on March 25, 2022. Barker spoke to Los Angeles Times ahead of Blink-182’s upcoming world tour. This was in support of the new album ‘One More Time…,’.
According to Rock Celebrities, Dave Grohl talked about their relationship and said, “Apparently, Taylor met this guy when this guy was a f**ing garbage man in Taylor’s neighborhood, and Taylor started going to see his band play when he was a young kid. Taylor would always tell him, ‘You’re gonna be a star, man. You’re gonna be a star.’ Years later, we wound up on tour with his band, and now he’s gonna sit in with us to play a couple songs.”
Hawkins and Barker lived in the same area of San Fernando Valley. Hawkins suggested mountain riding to go into excercise mode, but Barker suggested drumming for fun. In exchange for this, the two conversed “[Hawkins] was like, ‘I’m not practicing. I’m already as good as I’m ever gonna get.’ Like, not f**king true. I told him, ‘You’re already a beast, and you’re just gonna keep getting better.’”
Taylor Hawkins’ passing left a void and Barker remembered him on Instagram stating “I’ll never forget Laguna Beach days when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band, and you were playing with Alanis [Morissette]. You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, ‘Kid, you’re a star.’ And I thought you were crazy, but you gave me so much hope and determination.” He went on to say “To say I’ll miss you, my friend, isn’t enough. Till the next time we talk drums and smoke in the boys’ room … Rest In Peace.”
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