Tom DeLonge Still Seems To Think He’s Not Finished With Blink-182

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The saga of Tom DeLonge and his fellow bandmates in Blink-182 has been interesting for those few people who care. Some of us are just lamenting the end of our youth in the form of this band we kinda enjoyed in high school, while others are wholly interested in the alien abduction, crazy talk side of the entire thing (that’s me). No matter where you stand (or if you don’t stand at all), you should know that Tom DeLonge is still out there working on his personal projects, but hasn’t given up on his brothers in Blink-182 just yet.

In a chat with Billboard magazine, DeLonge talks about the breakup of the band and where he sees himself with them in the future. The guitarist opens up about his own personal ambitions while seemingly keeping things civil when talking about Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker:

“I’m totally willing and interested in playing with those guys again,” DeLonge tells Billboard about 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 sh*t and some very important stuff.”

He’s got some big stuff coming, folks. Big stuff. Stand aside.

I think we know where the rest of the band stands on this, particularly Travis Barker during his interview with Alternative Nation a few months back. He wished him the best, but made it obvious that he and Mark Hoppus were on different paths than their former alien-loving bandmate. DeLonge says he’s not bothered by the band’s decision to move on without him and their choice to replace him, and he seems to still think things could’ve went down differently:

“I don’t mind anything. I want people to be happy,” DeLonge says. “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 on stage 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.”

Sounds a bit rose-tinted on how the band split apart, but okay. I’ll buy that he would’ve just said “go ahead without me” and not put up any sort of a fight. It makes a lot more sense than the government is out to get me because aliens are after my brain or some junk.

(Via Billboard)