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Tom DeLonge wanted Blink-182 to sound like Coldplay, says Travis Barker

March 02 2016, 3:29 PM EST By Tyler Sharp


In a new interview with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker discusses former member Tom DeLonge and the direction he wanted the band to go. 

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"“I think Blink is like eternal youth. [Bassist] Mark [Hoppus] and I never wanted to change,” he tells YouTube personality Mr. Wavvy. “The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2; to record songs that basically sound like Coldplay.”

He adds, ”For us, we were always like, ‘Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like fucking Blink-182.’ That’s why we’re in this band… I never want any of my other side projects to influence Blink. I love Blink for what it is.”

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You can hear the interview in full below. Alongside the band’s relationship with DeLonge, Barker touches on his Musink Festival and the future of Blink.

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