Travis Barker: 'I'm just thankful to be alive!'
"I hate planes," Barker told the magazine. "My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened ... well, I'm just thankful to be alive! I'm just grateful to be here at all."
Barker was released from a Georgia hospital last week and is now being treated at a burn center in Los Angeles. He said he was too afraid to fly cross-country, so he arranged to travel by bus with his father and ex-wife Shanna Moakler to keep him company.
"I am doing the best I can possibly be," he said. "I'm so anxious to get out of here. ... I've just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns."
"I'm trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again," said Barker, who has two children, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2, with Moakler. "I'm going nuts not being able to see them and spend time with them!"
If all goes well, Barker expects to leave the hospital within two weeks. Meanwhile, DJ AM’s pals Mark Ronson, Cut Chemist, Steve Aoki and others are throwing a party to welcome AM home Tuesday night at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. Tickets are $20 if you really want to go, though AM might not.
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