Tom DeLonge Is "Willing and Interested" in Playing With Blink-182 Again
"I think about that band every single day of my life — sometimes multiple times a day," said DeLonge.
Despite the rancor between Tom DeLonge and his Blink-182 bandmates when they parted ways earlier this year, the guitarist is not closing the door on his involvement with the group.
"I'm totally willing and interested in playing with those guys again," DeLonge told Billboard of singer Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. "People ask me every single day, 'Go back, go back, go back.' And I tell people I haven't forgotten anything, and I'm grateful for that band and for those guys in my life. And I think about that band every single day of my life — sometimes multiple times a day. I love those guys, and I love the band and, yeah, in the future, let's play together and figure it out or whatever. We just need time apart because we all want different things at this time. Those guys want to play the music and tour all the time, but I'm involved in some very big shit and some very important stuff."
DeLonge currently is immersed in multimedia projects with his company, To The Stars. First up is the continued saga of his Poet Anderson science fiction saga, which began with a 2014 animated film and comic book, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, as well as the Angels & Airwaves album The Dream Walker. On the way is a novel, Poet Anderson... Of Nightmares (due out Oct. 6), which he co-wrote with author Suzanne Young, and a companion EP of the same name that will be released Sept. 4.
"What I'm doing now is the absolute focus and at the core of what I want to do artistically," explained DeLonge. "I've got to get these things finished before I can go back and celebrate something I did a long time ago, if that makes sense."
DeLonge explained that he actually brought the Poet Anderson concept to Hoppus and Barker. "I sat in a room and showed them animations and everything and said, 'Do you guys want to do this with me?' And there was a tiny bit of interest, a lot of awkward silence and a lot of emails that were just ignored," he said. "So I moved on and got it done. It's not like I'm doing these things and didn't ask them to go along for the ride ever. People don't know this shit 'cause I didn't go out and talk about it."
As for the guys ending their musical partnership, DeLonge said he's "disappointed" in Hoppus' and Barker's reaction, which included harsh words in both the press and on social media.
"Friendships are so complex when business gets intertwined with it and the root of how things started," he noted. But DeLonge insisted he's not bothered by his former bandmates' decision to go forward with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in DeLonge's place.
"I don't mind anything. I want people to be happy," said DeLonge. "Myself and those guys together were a very specific thing. If they want to go off and play the songs I wrote because that's what they want to do and that makes them happy and they want to make a living, that's cool. It's not like it makes me extraordinarily jealous and I feel like I have to be onstage with them. I'm not wired that way. It wouldn't have bothered me if they called me up and said, 'Hey, if you're really busy, do you mind if we go out and do some of these things?' I would've said, 'Hell yeah, go for it.' But it just never went down that way."
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.