Tom DeLonge says leaving Blink-182 has ‘afforded me to inspire other artists’

Singer looks on the bright side of his severed ties with pop-punk band

Former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge has discussed life after the band, describing himself as pleased that he can now work in different mediums.

Earlier this year, DeLonge’s former bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus announced their split from Tom DeLonge when the singer allegedly refused to enter the studio and record a new album with them. The pair later claimed that they’re going through a “friendly divorce” with the exiled musician.

Despite recently saying that he still wants Blink-182 to be part of his life, speaking to, DeLonge has now said, “I hit a very specific part in my life, I’m 39 years old. If I was to continue to stay in the studio for a year to write a record that I need to rehearse for eight weeks to go on tour for another six months, and it’s only about those twelve songs I’m going to be severely limited in what I can achieve artistically and I’m going to be looking back when I’m 50 kinda going, ‘Fuck, I really love all these other forms of art, I really wish I could have done something with it. So what happened was that I decided that… just to do it. I decide to do it because it afforded me the ability to be with my family a hell of a lot more. It afforded me to inspire other artists.”

The singer continued, “So, at this point in my life I just know a lot of things and it’s a better use of the skill sets that I’ve acquired to be doing what I’m doing now than just being on stage playing the songs over and over again—even though it’s fun as shit when there’s pyrotechnics and lasers—I love that. But I’ve never needed attention to feel good about myself… even though it’s fucking awesome and I love attention, don’t get me wrong, but I need to create things. That’s where I win emotionally I guess.”

In addition to his book Poet Anderson… Of Nightmares, an EP from his other band Angels & Airwaves, and a future film, DeLonge has stated that he has many other plans for the future. He recently told NME, “Beyond feature films, I’m doing a project I can’t talk about that’s bigger than Poet Anderson, that’s dealing with issues of national security. So I’m flying out to New Mexico to have a meeting with the general of the US Air Force Space Command.”

DeLonge added, “This’ll be my third meeting with that individual. What’s even crazier is I had breakfast with two guys who work at Area 51 three days ago. So I’m telling you, I’m doing some really, really important things right now. And I don’t have time to try and get people to believe in me or buy into it. When it rolls out, people will understand.”

Hoppus and Barker have replaced DeLonge with Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba and announced plans to record new material with the new-look line-up. Travis Barker called the band’s first live performances without DeLonge “a great feeling”.

Earlier this year DeLonge revealed plans to release four albums and publish 15 novels.