Travis’ Fran Healy escapes carjacking attempt at LA studio

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Travis frontman Fran Healy has revealed he was the victim of an attempted carjacking outside his Los Angeles studio.

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The Scottish musician, who now lives in Los Angeles, shared the story on Twitter today (July 25): “I almost got picked up in my studio car park. Man! It was closed. A huge guy tried to pull me out of my car window. Managed to get out. DTLA is mental.

“As the adrenaline wears off, my right hand hurts like I hit a wall. Didn’t flinch. I didn’t even record it. I was like, ‘Aww balls'”

In the same thread, Healy also joked that the possible story title could be “Fran Theft Auto”.

Last year he said he was ‘mauled’ by a dachshund he tried to save from the scene of a car accident. Sharing the story on Twitter, the musician noted that there was “so much blood” following his injury, with his neighbors then calling an ambulance.

“The dog… is fine. Got stuck at the bottom of the hill and the owner, who lives in the former home of Stevie Nicks (the pop pickers), was reunited,” he wrote.

Last year, Travis announced a 20th anniversary edition of his classic ‘The Invisible Band’ album. The 2001 record was reissued as a CD and vinyl box set on December 3.

It includes a remastered version of the original album plus all the B-sides from the era, plus a special new disc of live performances, never-before-seen demos and rarities.

Speaking of the re-release, Healy said, “‘The Invisible Band’ is 20 years old!! I haven’t listened to the whole album in a while. It’s a beautiful piece of work from great singles like ‘Sing’. and ‘Flowers in the Window’ to ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Last Train.’ Sounds good at 20!

Travis is currently touring Europe, with upcoming dates in August at Bristol’s Valley Fest, Isle of Man, Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh. Find all remaining tickets here.

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