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UFO Researcher of the Year Award winner Tom DeLonge has perfected the art of making his rift with Blink-182 sound like a non-issue. In a San Diego Union-Tribune interview (via Chorus.fm), he painted Alkaline Trio co-founder Matt Skiba's guitarist gig—which has been going for two years and resulted in one album and many, many tour dates—as highly impermanent.

"They have someone doing my job for me," DeLonge said. "It’s just that I’m so busy. If I wanted to, I could be back in a period of days.” 

DeLonge also said "I still own the band," but clarified that he co-owns it with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. “Blink is in my DNA," he said. "I talk to Travis quite a bit and we try and figure out how and when it’s going to make sense."

The jumping-off point for the interview was DeLonge's burgeoning work writing books and, soon, directing his first movie. "And this is by far the biggest thing I’ve ever had in my life," he said. "It’s way bigger than [anything] I ever had with the band."

DeLonge allows that he misses "the relationship we had, and the growth, and the crazy times," but that "being on tour was such a grind. ... And playing the same songs every night and moving your body [the same way] with your guitar, it felt like you were ‘vogue-ing,’ like you were faking it. ‘Here’s the same song again—1, 2, 3, 4!’ I felt like a robot.” 

Read the full, long piece at the Union-Tribune's site, experience DeLonge's UFO Researcher of the Year Award acceptance speech, and flash back a decade and watch the dude talk about his other band, Angels & Airwaves: