April 5, 2016


Tom DeLonge Still Loves Blink-182 But Wants to be 'Challenged'

John Sciulli/Getty Images for WIRED
John Sciulli/Getty Images for WIRED

The ongoing battle between Tom DeLonge and remaining Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker seems like it has no end in sight. Did DeLonge leave on his own accord or was he kicked out? Is Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba a permanent replacement? In a new interview with Esquire, we learn DeLonge still has room in his heart for Blink, but he likes to do a bunch of stuff at once (duh.)

He told the publication:

"I reflect on it all the time. I love Blink. I started that band. I named the band. I found the members. I put that whole thing together. I never meant for it to be the only thing in my life. I also never meant for it to ever not be in my life. But I am an artist, and I find pleasure in challenging myself to understand and learn, to create new types of art, and prove myself worthy of people's valued attention and admiration. It's what any artist desires. So when the challenge isn't there, then I find myself in a difficult position."

He continued:

"With Blink, it was never boring...here's a lot of downtime," he said. "And in that downtime, I was always doing other things...A lot of people are satisfied with just having that one thing in their life their entire time—and I envy them, by the way."

Read the full interview here. Take the ultimate Blink-182 quiz here, then try your hand at this one: Which Classic '00s Pop-Punk Band Are You?