Tom DeLonge Reflects On The First Song He Wrote For blink-182
“The first time I wrote a blink-182 song, it actually wasn’t a song as much as it was a riff,” he says when asked to elaborate on his first time writing a blink-182 track. “The riff got used later as a song, but Mark Hoppus came to my house to meet me, and he brought his bass guitar, and brought it into my bedroom which was in the garage. He plugged it in and I said, ‘Play along with this riff,’ and I played this little guitar riff that sounded very much like what early blink sounded like, which was nursery rhymes on crystal meth or something.
“I remember right when he started playing, I was like, ‘This is good. This is really good.’ But it’s one of those things where, like, somebody has music in their Air Pods and they’re dancing in the street, but if you go to somebody else’s point of view, it’s totally silent and the person is just dancing and humming along.
“I thought we were great, but I bet you nobody else would have thought that if they’d heard what we were playing.”
Watch the full thing below, where Tom also chats about the first time hearing himself on the radio, writing a guitar riff, attending a gig and meeting a government official.
In other Tom DeLonge news, the vocalist and guitarist revealed last week that he was back in the studio with Angels & Airwaves.
Tom told Kerrang! recently that there will not only be a new AVA record this year, but also an accompanying film.
“This album is with a movie, and the movie – which I co-wrote – is going into production in July,” he said. “There will be an album-movie combo, but much more commercial and much bigger in scope. It’ll dig into the fact that the universe is a little bit more tricky and unexplainable than we like to admit.”
Of course, the vocalist/guitarist is also already incredibly busy with his company To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, and he admitted that sometimes it can be overwhelming having so many different projects on.
“A lot of times I question what it means to be happy – I go, ‘Be careful what you wish for – is it really making you happy that you have all these projects?’ I don’t want this much work, and I’m not trying to ask for it, but it’s kind of what’s needed to accomplish some of the things I’m doing,” explains Tom. “I mean, where I’m going to end up is doing one major motion picture and album a year, and then I would work the next year – that kind of thing.
“I’m supposed to be writing so many books and so many classified government contracts (laughs). I’m the chairman of the board at my company, so I’m involved in those things, but I’m kind of involved in a really cool way, where I go, ‘What’s going on?’ and I get to have those conversations and meet with our partners in the Department of Defense or wherever they’re at, and we get to deal with these subjects and what I’m passionate about, so I’m in the game – the biggest game on Earth! I get to do that, but I still get to be myself, and the company will be financing its own movies and all that stuff. So I get to spearhead an entire massive art piece, and that’s something no rock’n’roll band on Earth has ever been able to do. I mean, Pink Floyd did The Wall, which is the best thing ever, but it was kind of avant-garde and it was a one-off – they didn’t do it again. I’m trying to go, ‘Well, how do we get teams of artists working together on each one of these projects, and we do it over and over again in different ways?’”
Catch Angels & Airwaves live at the following dates this year:
4 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
6 Austin, TX – Emo’s
7 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
13 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
14 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
15 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
17 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
18 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
20 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
21 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
22 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
24 Denver, CO – Summit
25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
27 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
28 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
30 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
1 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
2 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
4 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
5 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
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