Tom Delonge opened up in a new interview about new music, his admiration for Travis Barker and more.

In the interview with NME, he talked about Angels & Airwaves new song “Rebel Girl” and the inspiration behind it.

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“I really wanted to channel my love of new wave music. I am a child of the ’80s, I grew up on Joy Division, New Order and The Cure,” he said. “Mowing my lawn in San Diego as a seventh grader, listening to Depeche Mode records over and over again, that was my life. I built ‘Rebel Girl’ like a very simple punk band that had just discovered electronics.”

You can listen to “Rebel Girl” below.

Tom DeLonge then went in to talking about his past and showed Barker some love when praising Ilan Rubin joining A&A.

“He plays in Nine Inch Nails as well, and he’s a really interesting guy. He’s an infinitely better guitar player than I am,” Tom DeLonge said. “He’s a drummer that can play as well as Travis Barker, and that’s saying a lot ‘cos I think Travis is the best in the world. He plays piano better than anyone I’ve ever seen. And then on top of that, he knows how to build electronic elements the same way Trent Reznor or Radiohead does but his favorite bands in the world are Queen, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. You bring all that to my melodic sensibility and my simplicity and holy shit, now this band can compete on the biggest levels.”

Then he said those words we all wanted to hear — he has a ton of new music in the works.

“I have a lot of music. We started this album nine months ago and I’ve been working on it piece by piece,” he said. “We have about half the record laid out right now and then I’ll be going into production of the movie that goes with the album. Then when I come back, I’ll finish the other half of the record, and the movie and the album will come out together.”

He said they have a “24 month plan” in place that involves dropping songs, tours, movies, albums, TV series and more.

"One of the things I’m really proud of is, 12 years ago I told people I was going to be doing books, movies, albums altogether as an art project with Angels & Airwaves. No one believed me. People were really mad that I had creative differences with Blink. People didn’t understand who I was or what I’m after, because I’m not after the fame. I couldn’t care less about people clapping for me. I want people to like what I do but I don’t do it for gratification or for people chanting my band name. That feeling is amazing, trust me, you get the goosebumps, you get the adrenaline and you feel like a God on stage but that doesn’t move me spiritually.”

“And so here I am, 12 years later, doing everything I said I would do. People are finally realising I do what I say I’m going to do. I think people are finally respecting my creative process and my creative ambitions. I don’t think everyone likes what I do by any means, but I do think people respect artists who really put their heart out there. And I want to be one of them.”

He also talked about how he used his plan for blink-182’s direction and applied it to AVA’s upcoming album.

“In many ways, what Angels is doing on this next record is kinda what my vision for where I wanted blink to go in the future was. Not that it was created yet, but I started blink so I had a vision in my head for what it should be in the beginning and then where it should go. But I don’t own the band. I have partners and everyone’s voice was equal. It was like three guys trying to drive the car at the same time and that’s what made it great.” 

DeLonge also opened up him on how he praised his former band members’ new song, and what it means about punk rock as a whole.

“I’m excited for my brothers in Blink to evolve, do what they want to do and create art the way they want to create it. And I’m not in the way of that, in any way, shape or form. I completely support them. The better they do, the better it is for all of us.”

“People can see the creative differences when they listen to the Blink stuff and they listen to what I’m doing with Angels & Airwaves. They can start to understand why I didn’t fit as well with the things they want to do. I just have a lot to say. I have a lot of emotions I want to get out. It’s really hard for me to do that in that specific arrangement but it doesn’t mean I don’t care about them, love them and want them to succeed.”

You can read the full interview here.

Angels & Airwaves added more dates and upgrades some venues for their first tour in seven years. You can check out the dates below with additions and larger venues in bold and secure your tickets here.


09/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
09/06 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
09/10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
09/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/13 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
09/15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/17 – New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater

09/18 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
09/20 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore*
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/22 – St. Louis, MO @ 2 The Pageant
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 +

* updated venue
+ additional date

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