Focus: Tom DeLonge’s and Blink 182’s separate ways

Tom DeLonge’s reunion with Blink 182 is definitely not on the agenda.

Former Blink 182 guitar player and singer Tom DeLonge recently disclosed an excerpt from the book he wrote with fiction writer Suzanne Young in Rolling Stone. The book, entitled Poet Anderson… Of Nightmares is supposed to be the first tome of a trilogy. The book tells the story of two young brothers whose parents have died in a plane crash. In Tom DeLonge’s own words, the story is set in “an unknown world where dreams meet reality and the chasm between the two sometimes disappears.

Angels and Airwaves, another band Tom DeLonge founded, released an EP “… Of Nightmares,” about on the same themes on Sept. 4. The alternative rock band has four other members: guitar player David Kennedy, bass player Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Ilan Rubin.

Tom DeLonge’s adventure with punk rock band Blink 182 ended in early 2015, when he abruptly left the band. But he recently confessed to the magazine NME that he hopes Blink 182 remains a part of his life: ‘I loved that band, I started that band. That’s me. I named the band – that shit came from me. [Being in Blink] cannot the only thing in my life, or can it be the absolute priority. But can it be a part of my life? Absolutely.’

Asked whether he would consider reuniting with Blink 182 if the other members invited him back, he replied: “No, no, it’s much more complex than that. It has to map up with everybody’s life. I think if all the roads that we’re travelling connect at the same intersection, which is usually a location and a date, then we’re good.”

Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, the remaining members of Blink 182, who were recently joined by guitarist Matt Skiba, said in August they were heading into studio.

Blink 182 has a long and winding story. Originally formed in 1992 in Poway, California, the band was first constituted of drummer Scott Raynor, bass player Mark Hoppus and guitar player Tom Delonge. In 1997, after the release of their second album Dude Ranch, the drummer left and made way for a new one, Travis Barker. Because of internal difficulties, the band had to split in February 2005, before getting back together in 2009. They announced their reunion during the 51st edition of the Grammy Awards. Below is a mash-up of the main Blink 182 hits, and some of its history’s highlights. The first sentences are taken from the video clip First Date. The last seconds of the mash-up is a nice love declaration from Tom to his fellow musicians…


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