Estranged Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge described his upcoming solo plans for 2015 in a series of posts across his various social media accounts over the weekend. According to Rolling Stone, DeLonge has revealed that in addition to his upcoming solo collection, To The Stars . . . Demos, Odds And Ends, he has three more records in the works and a series of novels, some of which tie into the albums.
DeLonge explained that he is working on two albums with his other band, Angels & Airwaves, two solo efforts and some 15 novels that he is collaborating on with “six best-selling authors.” Three of the albums will be released in conjunction with books, although DeLonge confusingly added that all the books will be accompanied by an EP.
DeLonge told us recently about his master plan: “I’ve said this will probably be a transmedia exercise: one property communicated on different mediums by a bunch of A-level artists, and I don’t throw myself in that mix. I mean people that are incredible at their craft, and they all come together and we try to create properties that last a lifetime.”
Briefly discussing the music he’s working on, DeLonge said, “I have the fastest punk song I’ve written in 15 years on my new album . . . I hope it makes you destroy stuff.”
DeLonge also provided some insight — from his point of view — into why the rift with Blink happened. He explained, “I can’t just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger . . . I told my manager the contract that was sent to me for the Blink deal contained weird new language that I had to drop all that music for almost a year.”
DeLonge maintained that he did not quit Blink and that an email from his manager saying he was “out” was only for a new record deal for Blink, not the band itself.
Blink members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker called DeLonge out publicly last month, saying he had put all his other interests above commitment for Blink to perform live and record a new album.
The band enlisted Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to fill in for now on a few live dates — including one this past weekend at Barker’s Musink Festival — but his future with the group remains to be seen.