With Blink-182 finally releasing music without Tom DeLonge, you’d think that the back-and-forth, will-they-won’t-they would stop. At least for a few weeks. But alas.
Following on from his interview with Rolling Stone where he admits, “I don’t want the legacy of (Blink) to get fucked with,” Tom DeLonge has posted a statement on his Facebook detailing his relationship with Mark and Travis.
“I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know- It’s odd for me, too. Well, I met with Mark yesterday, and Travis the week before…. I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I’m almost closer to him more now than ever.
“The answer is this:
We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things. I am directing a movie this summer, releasing a couple more albums of music and digging deeper into my Sekret Machines Project with the US Department of Defense.
“I know people are comparing the Angels and Airwaves Chasing Shadows EP to the new Blink-182 music, and that is a failed task. We are different people after different things. For one, I think partnering with a song-writer on the Blink album (Feldy- 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte) was too far a change, but something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome. I guess I’ve always just liked the song-writing we did together. But, at the end of the day, I support their desires. And if they are happy, then that’s what matters.
“Earlier this year, I was recording the song NEW WORLD (on the DEMOS album titled after my own name) and that was my first early opinion of where we could possibly take Blink for the next album. But again, that’s just my idea, and I’m only one of three. At the end of the day, both of us have ideas, but from opposite sides of the road… Now, we are at different places in our minds, careers and goals, I get it.
“But that said, I obviously want them to make the music they wish. I have always been thankful for them in my life, but I am a forward thinking artist, and sometimes that leads me down a different and far-reaching path- That is why I have done progressive projects like: Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves- “LOVE” Feature Film and it’s albums, and even the “Dream Walker” Album, with the accompanying animations and Novel etc…
“I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more…
….Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that “special something” that was once there.”
It’s a sentiment Travis (sorta) shares, telling Radio X “There’s no real bad blood. I think in the beginning both sides, both Tom and Mark and […] there was definitely some tension there, but things are cool. We’ve spoken since then and everyone’s in agreement that we support one another.”
That said, They don’t follow each other on Twitter so…
Anyway, here’s Tom DeLonge’s idea of where the next Blink-182 album could go.