Episode 6: Travis
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  1. Jordy

    Sometimes this show makes me so sad, I can’t stand it. (Yet I have to watch it anyway.) I just saw this episode for the first time, and it’s really too bad that it was a double episode because I don’t think they really were able to cover enough with Travis’s story. I’m from Kentucky, and when Days of the New came out, they were HUGE. I forgot about them as a band until I saw this episode yesterday, and while I kind of knew the backstory to why they broke up, I had no idea that Travis’s addiction was so terrible. He is truly tormented by his demons, and he’s thoughtful and introspective, and it breaks my heart to think that he was SO young when the band became an overnight sensation, and how misguided he probably was, being a 17 year old and then suddenly you’re opening for Metallica. I’m not in the music industry, but I’ve seen enough of my favorite bands from the 90s succumb to the same tragedies (like Alice in Chains, which is mentioned in the article above.) It’s interesting that you never actually SEE Travis use in this episode, but of course he is because of the way he’s scratching himself, and also it being common knowledge that he’s a drug addict. Anyway, I listened to a couple of their songs yesterday and it took me back to 6th grade, when I was a lonely, depressed pre-teen and music was one of the only things that made made me happy. I said a little prayer for Travis.

    1. Ash

      Jordy, your comment got me curious because I do not recall this episode at all (maybe because it was a 2 in 1). I googled it & I totally recalled the song. But looking back, they sounded like every other band back then – not to take away from the talent, but seriously…
      Last I could locate was from the article linked. The band (or a new version of it) tried to perform with Travis despite being warmed/concerned, and they formally disbanded as a result. This doesn’t bode well for his sobriety. But who doesn’t love an underdog?

    1. Stephanie

      Well, not really…

  2. Andy

    He was arrested in 2017 for possession of a controlled substance.

  3. Kitty Katt

    I watched this episode again last week. I forgot about the mom backing out of the intervention at the last minute. Wow! Although her excuse was mainly about her “furnace” not working that morning (of all days) I thought it was lame. I would have rather not say anything…IMO.

  4. Melissa

    OH.MY.GOD. Travis was arrested in Kentucky on 1/10/19. By the looks of this picture he is definitely using meth again. https://kentucky.arrests.org/Arrests/Travis_Meeks_39587160/ Such a shame, he was really talented.

    1. Kitty Katt

      My God! He is very deep into that meth it seems. So sad!

  5. Melissa

    Record says he is currently being held on ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MINOR INJURY) and PROBATION VIOLATION (FOR MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE).

  6. Andy

    Oh god he looks terrible.

    1. Melissa

      Ikr? I knew he got arrested like back in 2014 but hes NEVER looked this bad til now.

      1. Andy

        His weight is listed at 120lbs. He’s definitely been hitting it hard the last few years.

  7. Ami

    So sad. He looks horrible.

  8. Toreigh

    Omfg. He doesn’t even look like the same person. What a damn shame. Talented. Attractive. Ugh.

  9. Kitty Katt

    Here’s a whole photo book of all his mugshots. My God……he’s been hitting it pretty hard.

    https://kentucky.arrests.org/search.php?page=1&results=56&fname=travis&lname=meeks&fpartial=True

    1. Kitty Katt

      He went from weighing 170 lbs to 120 lbs. Sad.

    2. Brooke

      woooooooooow, he looks rough! sooo awful! very sad, what a waste of a talented life. i cannot believe his mother backed out of the intervention. bc of her “furnace”…really?? isn’t getting your son better more important than anything, at that point? unbelievable.

  10. mariadorval7

    Side note, not that it helped in the end, but I thought that photographer should be given a lot of credit for talking him into going to treatment.
    What a shame he turned out this way. So sad.

  11. Mike Thrisk

    I’m a huge Days of the New fan, and I’m writing a message of support for Travis Meeks. I’m aware that he’s been going through a difficult time over the last few years, and also the last couple of months. Travis has survived so much, and I hope that he’ll be able to get onto a better path. Having battled substance abuse for a long time, I hope for all the best with his recovery and becoming sober. I also hope that he’ll be able to return to making new music and performing once his legal troubles are behind him.

  12. Jeanette

    Wikipedia mentioned Travis in The Doors’ The End opus – it definitely looks like him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1yDkJQH7MI