Poet took a step back as the Dream Walkers arrived at his table. Two men and one woman stood in full armor, helmets in their hands. They looked battle-hardened and cruel. The woman had a scar on her upper lip, pulling it to the side in an eternal sneer. One of the men wore an eye-patch, and when he saw Poet looking at him, he smiled, flashing a gap of missing teeth.
These days, besides his family, he’s responsible to his many employees, shareholders and partners. After all, when you have a $100 million budget on the line, “I’m rehearsing for our summer tour” isn’t a good excuse for missing a meeting. So, when fans ask why DeLonge bailed on the band that made him famous, he didn’t leave Blink-182 because he’s crazy, stupid or self-indulgent. He’s simply a grown up with responsibilities and ambitions that reach all the way to the stars.
I loved that band, I started that band. That's me. I named the band - that shit came from me. [Being in Blink] cannot be the only thing in my life, or can it be the absolute priority. But can it be a part of my life? Absolutely. I love that band.
Well, someone in the other thread called this one. Tom DeLonge talked with Billboard about his upcoming project, that he brought "Poet Anderson" originally to Blink-182, and more.
DeLonge explains that he actually brought the Poet Anderson concept to Hoppus and Barker. "I sat in a room and showed them animations and everything and said, 'Do you guys want to do this with me?' And there was a tiny bit of interest, a lot of awkward silence and a lot of emails that were just ignored," he says. "So I moved on and got it done. It's not like I'm doing these things and didn't ask them to go along for the ride, ever. People don't know this shit 'cause I didn't go out and talk about it."
Looks like the demos and other odds and ends from Tom DeLonge are now up for pre-order on TomDeLonge.me. If you buy the digital album you'll get one song on March 9th, one on the 23rd, one on April 6th, and the album comes out April 20th.
Paper Mag recently interviewed Tom DeLonge about UFOs, government coverups, and other things of that nature.
I think it's the biggest story of mankind. You take Christianity: a guy named Jesus came and died on the cross for everybody's sins. That's not as big of a story as what types of intelligences are living across the universe. I mean, the deep space project by Hubble, which is taking our most exotic telescope that we've ever made at the time, and focusing on the blackest part of space for 11 days straight. Literally a grain of sand, if you held it out at arm's length, is where the focus of this orbiting telescope is at. For 11 days. And it came back with a one-inch by one-inch...
A video interview with Tom DeLonge of Angels and Airwaves has been posted over at TheAVAMovement message board. You have to register to see the full thing (I was told this was by request of the band), but I included the first part below for you to decide if it's worth it or not.
And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.
I've always been an admirer of forms of art that can be communicated in different mediums. One of the greatest things about comic books and animation is that it involves the imagination of illustrators and writers together. When they join forces, it creates something that can transcend either of on their own. It's a great way to imagine a story with a paint-brush.
"I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues,” he railed. “It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists – might not be killing ’em but it’s killing the industry. It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?"
According to a new Tom DeLonge interview with RockSound, David Kennedy and Ed Breckenridge are still involved with Angels & Airwaves.
So there’s no real story there, and David [Kennedy, guitar] is still here. Everyone’s running around going, ‘What’s going on with David?’. It’s just when it came to writing the record, Ilan and I did that together. Eddie Breckenridge – the bass player from Thrice – is still here too. I think people are just confused.
Maybe you've been around here long enough to remember this post? Maybe not. Either way, by now you know all about Angels and Airwaves. Today we're teaming up with some friends to bring you a stream of the new song "The Wolfpack." This track comes from the upcoming album The Dream Walker, which is in stores December 9th. Like what you hear? Grab the song on iTunes.
'The Wolfpack' is the first single from our upcoming album, ‘The Dream Walker,’ which is part of a bigger trans-media project called ‘Poet Anderson The Dream Walker.' The song is a bit of a journey in and out of the many teeth of the music business - an industry that can be a sexy girl on one hand, but a vicious axe murderer...
I think when I was envisioning what this was going to be, I look up to the greats like your Disneys and Marvels and DC Comics and all those kind of intellectual property rights kind of companies, but a lot of them were unrelatable to me because I wasn’t going to do a bunch of stuff about superheroes. I wanted to be more philosophical and cerebral in some ways. So, I got really hot on the idea of creating a reoccurring character around themes of human behavior or humanity. The first one, the ‘Love’ project, was all about human consciousness and connection and losing everybody around you to realize the importance of every relationship around...
It’s like the author who is writing the Poet novel is a very accomplished best selling author named Suzanne Young. I just put myself out there and told her about this to see if she found it interesting and intriguing. On this project, everything started rolling together faster and faster, and it’s actually all happening! It’s very exciting and if it starts to work, it could be transformative for the music and film industry in the sense that people collaborate together on one project rather than everyone doing their own. I think that’s where the arts can go over the next few years