After a period of relative quiet it's a busy day in the world of Blink-182 and particularly estranged guitarist Tom DeLonge.
Today (September 4) DeLonge is releasing ...Of Nightmares, a new EP from his band Angels and Airwaves that will be the companion to the science fiction novel Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares, written by DeLonge and Suzanne Young and due out October 6. Both are part of the continuing, multi-media saga of Anderson, a vivid dreamer introduced on AVA's 2014 album The Dream Walker and an animated short; he'll also be the subject of two more novels and some feature films that DeLonge is currently talking about with a major studio.
Interestingly, DeLonge tells us he offered the Poet Anderson project to blink-182 before he and the group split acrimoniously earlier this year:
"This whole Poet Anderson thing, I offered it to them. No one knows that...I sat in a room and shoved them animations and everything. I go, '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 went, that were just ignored. So I just moved on and got it done. So 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."
DeLonge says he plans to start working with Young soon on the next Poet Anderson novel but did not give a timetable for the other pieces of the project -- or the other four franchises he's creating with his company, "To The Stars."
Meanwhile, Blink-182 is continuing with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio; Skiba joined the group for some shows earlier this year, and the trio has posted some new photos of it in the studio working on new music.
DeLonge says he doesn't at all mind that the band is continuing without him:
"No, I don't mind anything. I want people to be happy, y'know. Myself and those guys together, we were a very specific thing. If they want to go off and play the songs I wrote because that's what they want to do and that makes them happy and they want to make a living, that's cool. Who am I to...I don't care. It's not like I don't have any self-confidence and it makes me (so) extraordinarily jealous that I need to be on stage, having attention...I'm not wired that way."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.