Travis Barker Says Tom DeLonge Wanted Blink-182 to Sound like U2 and Coldplay

ABC/Randy HolmesTravis Barker has shed some light on the artistic disagreements he and bassist Mark Hoppus had with ex-Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge leading up DeLonge's departure from the band last year. In an interview with YouTuber and blogger Mr. Wavvy, the drummer reveals DeLonge wanted to move away from the traditional Blink sound in favor of a new direction.

"Mark and I personally never wanted to change," Barker says. "Towards the last couple of albums, it was like Tom was obsessed with U2, and wanted to sound like U2. He wanted to basically record songs that sounded like Coldplay."

"For us, we were always like, Blink is Blink, man," he adds. "We want to sound like f****** Blink-182."

Since he left Blink-182 last year, DeLonge released his debut solo album and has continued to work with his band Angels & Airwaves. Meanwhile, Blink is busy working on a new album with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge.

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