For those of you who thought Blink-182 and their former guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge were never ever getting back together, DeLonge has now revealed that he’s “totally willing and interested” in reuniting with his former bandmates.
“I’m totally willing and interested in playing with those guys again,” DeLonge tells Billboard. “People ask me every single day, ‘Go back, go back, go back.’ And I tell people I haven’t forgotten anything and I’m grateful for that band and for those guys in my life.”
“And I think about that band every single day of my life — sometimes multiple times a day. I love those guys and I love the band and, yeah, in the future let’s play together and figure it out or whatever.”
“We just need time apart because we all want different things at this time. Those guys want to play the music and tour all the time, but I’m involved in some very big shit and some very important stuff.”
Indeed, DeLonge has been noted for his extracurricular activities outside of Blink, including the band Angels & Airwaves and most recently, a new science-fiction work and a solo EP, which is set to drop some time this month.
Signs that all was not well in the Blink-182 camp first became apparent back in January, when drummer Travis Barker and bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus revealed that the band were going through a “friendly divorce” with DeLonge.
However, bad blood soon surfaced, with drummer Travis Barker revealing that the split from DeLonge was based on the latter’s reluctance to “record or do anything Blink-related” and his incommunicative nature.
“It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it,” said Barker.
DeLonge has since been replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, with the fresh lineup set to record new music. However, speaking to Billboard, DeLonge says he has no animosity towards the band or their new member.
“Myself and those guys together were a very specific thing. If they want to go off and play the songs I wrote because that’s what they want to do and that makes them happy and they want to make a living, that’s cool,” he says.
“It’s not like it makes me extraordinarily jealous and I feel like I have to be on stage with them. I’m not wired that way.”
“It wouldn’t have bothered me if they called me up and said, ‘Hey, if you’re really busy do you mind if we go out and do some of these things?’ I would’ve said, ‘Hell yeah, go for it.’ But it just never went down that way.”