Tom DeLonge on Blink-182: ‘We Do Have a Future Together if We Want It’
Big things are happening in the Blink-182 camp, the band having revealed the song “Bored to Death” along with plans for a massive summer tour. It’s been a year since founding guitarist / vocalist Tom DeLonge bowed out of Blink, but in a new statement, the doors seem surprisingly open for reuniting.
Since DeLonge’s latest departure, the longtime Blink member’s position has been filled by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Fans have embraced Skiba’s new role with the pop-punk phenoms, even when it was announced he’d be performing on Blink’s seventh studio album, California. Though Skiba’s a perfect replacement, there’s just nothing like the Mark, Tom and Travis show — and it may come back at some point.
I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know- It's odd for me, too.
Well, I met with Mark yesterday, and Travis the week before.... I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I'm almost closer to him more now than ever.
The answer is this:
We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things. I am directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music and digging deeper into my Sekret Machines Project with the US Department of Defense.
I know people are comparing the Angels and Airwaves Chasing Shadows EP to the new Blink-182 music, and that is a failed task. We are different people after different things. For one, I think having a song-writer that came in on the Blink album (Feldy- 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte) was something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome. I've just always liked the song-writing we did together. But, at the end of the day, I support their desires.
Earlier this year, I was recording the song NEW WORLD (on the DEMOS album titled after my own name) and that was my first early opinion of where we could possibly take Blink for the next album. At the end of the day, both of us have ideas, but from opposite sides of the road... Now, we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it.
But that said, I obviously want them to make the music they wish. I have always been thankful for them in my life, but I am a forward thinking artist, and sometimes that leads me down a different and far-reaching path- That is why I have done progressive projects like: Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves- "LOVE" Feature Film and it's albums 1 & 2, and even the "Dream Walker" Album, with the accompanying animations and Novel etc...
I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more...
....Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that "special something" that was once there.
DeLonge and Blink-182 have a history of miscommunication when working on separate projects, so stay tuned to see how Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker respond.
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