Tom DeLonge Shares His Version Of Split With Blink-182
The decision to re-prioritize his life, putting Blink-182 on the back-burner was a difficult, and life-changing one. "You know what? It was you guys," DeLonge says with a chuckle referring to a press release given to posted by Radio.com station KROQ in Los Angeles."It was when you guys released a press release that I knew nothing about." The release was penned by the band's publicist at the request of his former Blink bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.
"Up to that point, I was so stressed on trying to handle everything. In many ways, the decision got made for me. I was thinking, okay cool, now I don't have to stress any more. Because I was juggling all of it and I knew for about five months prior to that, that s-- was going to hit the fan. And it was going to hit the fan when everyone says 'Okay, we're ready to go record, okay, we're ready to go tour, okay, where you at, what are you doing, come on, what are your priorities-what's your priorities?'" DeLonge repeats that last part for emphasis, as if he is about to be crushed under the weight of the question.
"I was stressing because I was in the middle of a whole bunch of contracts with authors and animators and filmmakers and I was getting my company off the ground. I had just hired ten people, we got our space and we were doing construction, we were getting ready to launch a retail store… and then all of a sudden KROQ let out the announcement and I was like, okay, well, s-t, it's gonna make it much easier now."
"But the decision to do it happened probably a year ago," he says. "I hit a very specific part in my life," confesses DeLonge. "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, 'F--, 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… [pauses] just to do it." Read more here.
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