Travis Barker: Tom wanted U2 sound for Blink

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 March 2016
Travis Barker

Travis Barker

Travis Barker thinks the reason Tom DeLonge left Blink-182 was because he wanted the band to record songs like Coldplay and U2 and he wouldn't "compromise"

Travis Barker claims Tom DeLonge wanted Blink-182 to sound like "U2 and Coldplay".

The rock group's drummer insisted the singer was "extremely difficult" and wanted to take the band in a different direction to him and fellow band member Mark Hoppus, but the pair weren't keen to change their sound.

Travis, 40, said: "Mark and I never wanted to change. The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2, to record songs that basically sound like Coldplay. For us, we were always like, 'Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f***ing Blink-182'... That's what side-projects are for. I love Blink for what it is. We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink."

The 'Miss You' hitmaker also hinted that the reason Tom - who co-founded the band in 1992, but left in 2015 - parted ways with the group was down to him being unable to "compromise".

Speaking about the band's comeback - with new co-vocalist Matt Skiba - he told YouTube vlogger Mr. Wavvy: "You got two of the three members and one has basically just tapped out and is being extremely difficult and won't compromise."

Travis previously promised to expect the follow-up to 2011's 'Neighborhoods' LP this summer.

Asked when it will drop, he said: "I think summertime. There's tentatively some plans to play shows during summer. Everything will come together and be revealed in due time. It's gonna be great."

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