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Should Tom DeLonge Rejoin Blink-182? Eight Lessons From Music History That Suggest It Could Go Either Way

"No man ever steps in the same river twice," as Heraclitus once observed. "Never have sex with your ex," as my grandmother once counselled. What both The Weeping Philosopher and my nan agree on is that the universe is a constantly changing place, where it's foolish to try and relive former glories. These words of wisdom sound somewhat lost on former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge however, who recently teased the possibility of rejoining the band he quit only a few months ago. DeLonge told San Diego Comic-Con that all it would take for him to record with Blink again would be "just a few phone calls" - but is going back to a band you've split from acrimoniously ever a good idea? Here's a few others who've gone down that path - with varying degrees of success...

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Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With The 'Death' Of Rock'N'Roll?

The Who’s Pete Townshend once said, “Rock’n’roll is above all an expression of the frustrations of youth.” When you’re young and bursting with a huge spectrum of emotions – anger, fear, love, hope, despair, anxiety, and all the rest – and it feels like no one else understands what you’re feeling, music can be a lifeline. A simple song can make everything feel better, give you strength, provide catharsis. But as life goes on and you begin to figure things out and settle down, does every song still feel like it has the power to change your life? Can we really expect to relate to it in the same way we did as kids when we’re older?

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Foo Fighters: 8 Essential Covers By Prince, Paramore And More

Florence + the Machine made Dave Grohl cry “like a fucking baby” with their Glastonbury cover of Foo Fighters' 'Times Like These', he revealed this week. Pretty understandable really: the disappointment of missing a milestone show he'd spent months psychologically prepping for, then the healing power of hearing Ms Welch belt out a touching tribute rendition of one of the Foos' best-loved songs. “Dave, if you’re listening, we love you, we all love you!" Flo told Worthy Farm, before a jubilant, trumpet-filled take on the track, that Dave said “melted my fucking heart.” But how do other artists’ covers of Foo Fighters songs compare? Here’s our pick of the bunch…

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Beach House Talk Choirs And "Receiving Messages From The Ether" On Their Spectral New Album

Their band may be called Beach House, but when Baltimore dream-pop duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally were ready to record their fifth album they headed to a little place in the country. “It’s called Studio in the Country,” explains Scally, “and it was built in the 70s to be a premier studio way out in the middle of nowhere in Louisiana. Stevie Wonder recorded there, and Kansas recorded ‘Dust In The Wind’ there. It was the spot for a little while. It’s such a cool studio, but in the worst possible place. Studios are the coolest places in the world, but nobody even goes to them anymore because no-one wants to spend the money.”

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The Psychology Of Stage Names - Why Musicians Create Personas For Themselves

“Some people — you’re born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free,” so said Bob Dylan on '60 Minutes' in a 2004 interview, and he should know. Next week, August 2 will mark 53 years since Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan shortly before signing his first management contract in New York. While Dylan has deliberately clouded his reason for choosing his new surname - alternately confirming and denying that he took his inspiration from Dylan Thomas - his decision to reinvent himself with a catchier name seems more straight-forward. He was creating a persona for himself, one that came complete with a train-hopping troubadour backstory that was more fiction than fact. Dylan kept his real identity a closely guarded secret, and indeed he feared that the exposure of his real middle-class Jewish upbringing by Newsweek in November 1963 would undermine his career, but the story only bolstered his mythology.

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