Tom DeLonge has made a statement about his time with blink-182 and squashed rumors that there is any bad blood between him and his former bandmates.
“There was a real unity of spirit in the band; [it’s] when the band found itself,” vocalist Mark Hoppus explains.
“When Tom was in the band, that’s when Blink did its best work,” he adds. “Now post-Tom, with Matt in the band, we’re approaching songs differently.”
As far as the current relationships go between the former bandmates, Hoppus reveals there are no hard feelings.
“I talked with Tom for the first time in two years right before we started this tour. The conversation was more about us just telling each other, ‘No hard feelings. You do your thing, we’ll do our thing.’ It’s all good.”
Then, while DeLonge performed in Chicago with Angels & Airwaves over the weekend, he also spoke about his relationship with the members of blink despite their professional breakup.
“I started another band called blink-182, and I definitely want to let you guys know, contrary to a lot of talk out there in internet land, I’m super, super, super thankful for that band,” Tom said to the crowd of the show. “I love that band – I started that band, by the way, I love Mark and Travis, we still talk, we’re all good. Everything is awesome and people don’t know, so they say a bunch of weird shit on the internet.”
“But I’ve always been one of those guys that wants to do something different all the time. I’m like, ‘How do I really really challenge myself to feel things that are different to what I feel now, and how do I do that with other people, and inspire the people the way that I’ve been inspired?’ So that’s kind of been my path for a long time. It started with Boxcar Racer, and then Angels & Airwaves.”
You can see a video of DeLonge speaking about blink to the crowd below.
The band wrapped up their 20th-anniversary Enema Of The State tour with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep in Brooklyn (after canceling the final Columbus date). They also have two festival appearances including TwitchCon in San Diego and Aftershock in Sacramento. Tickets are available here.
09/24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore
09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
09/28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
09/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
10/02 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/04 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/05 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/08 –Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
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