In a wide-ranging conversation with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Tom DeLonge has claimed that he will one day rejoin Blink-182, saying he has been chatting to drummer Travis Barker about “how and when it’s going to make sense”.
The bulk of the interview was focused on DeLonge’s forthcoming sci-fi film about a group of skater punks from San Diego who investigating paranormal activity in their town, however the conversation turned to his departure from Blink-182, which DeLonge seems to consider as long service leave.
“Blink is in my DNA,” he told the paper. “I talk to Travis quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it’s going to make sense.
“It’s not like I [permanently] walked away. They have someone doing my job for me. It’s just that I’m so busy. If I wanted to, I could be back [in the band] in a period of days.”
“I still own the band,” he added, clarifying that he, Mark Hoppus, and Barker “own everything” in regards to the group’s name, trademark, and recordings.
He blamed the grind of constant, repetitive touring for his departure.
I miss the relationship we had, and the growth, and the crazy times. But I don’t miss the grind. Like, every band has a grind, so you have to love it so much that you tolerate the grind.
“And, being on tour was such a grind. I didn’t love it enough; it was too much disruption for me. And playing the same songs every night and moving your body with your guitar, it felt like you were ‘vogue-ing,’ like you were faking it. ‘Here’s the same song again — 1, 2, 3, 4!’ I felt like a robot.
“That’s when I said: ‘I need a break.'”