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R1 Meet Travis Barker

  • 4 min read
  • By Route One

Famous Stars & Straps has always been a big look at Route One so when they invited us to join them for an exciting project with their founder Travis Barker who were we to say no.

It's not often that Travis comes to the UK so when the Blink 182 European tour dates were announced it felt like a perfect opportunity to catch up with the man himself.

I travelled up to a very rainy Birmingham on Wednesday morning and met up with Chris and Joao from FSAS at the National Indoor Area.

As the tour was due to open the following night the band were playing a full set, with complete production, as a rehearsal.

Having your own private Blink 182 gig in an empty 12,000-capacity venue is a pretty surreal experience to say the least! The band sounded as tight as ever and all genuinely happy to be back playing together as a threesome.

I'd met Travis before and he's always polite, charming and genuinely interested in what people have to say. However, he very rarely gives interviews so it was a nice surprise to be granted an exclusive one-to-one sit down in his dressing room after the rehearsal.

For someone who tours the globe in a arena-slaying rock band, is the celebrities drummer-of-choice and CEO of numerous apparel companies it's so rad to see his enthusiasm for his brand, his team and especially his children.

Before the tour Route One & Famous Stars And Straps ran a competition online to win an exclusive meet-and-greet with Travis backstage at the opening night of the Blink 182 tour.

The competition was won by Paul Cook from Doncaster who was so stoked when we gave him the news. Paul, and his friend Cameron, got to meet Travis who chatted with them and signed drum skins and tees. They then got top seats at the Blink 182 show in Birmingham.

Paul:"This is by far the coolest thing I've ever experienced, so thank you so much Route One!"

To view the new season from Famous Stars & Straps click here:

Blink 182 are currently touring the UK and Europe throughout June and July so check them out if you get a chance.

Special thanks to Travis Barker, Landon Barker, Cheese, Chris & Joao from FSAS and the whole Blink 182 crew.

Words, interview and photos by Ross Wilson.

Additional photography by Leigh Kimpton and Landon Barker.

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