He kept his silence about it at the time, but now that the great Blink-182 breakup is ancient history, Tom DeLonge is revealing details of the tension that forced the hugely successful act apart in early 2005.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe on Monday, DeLonge expressed regret over Blink’s four-year hiatus and blamed external pressures (or, as he put it, “the machine”) for contributing to the split.
“The reason the band broke up was really stupid in the first place; it’s not like anybody had sex with each other’s wives,” DeLonge said. “Though, for how bad we hated each other, that should have been what happened.
“The band got so big that the machine running the band took over. We were burnt out, we needed a break, but the machine won’t let you do that,” he continued. “The band had stopped communicating because the machine was so big.”
In 2005 — just eight months after Blink announced they were going on “indefinite hiatus” — DeLonge hinted at those tensions in an interview with MTV News, saying that he and his bandmates had grown apart and now had “mad different” priorities in life.
“My priority was my family, and my life had to be structured in a way where I had to be around for my daughter … and they wanted to keep touring, and it didn’t work out to where our priorities were the same,” he said. “The last words that were said to me by my bandmembers were, ’If your family is going to be your priority, then you better be cool with the repercussions.’ … I think there was a lot of paranoia and a lot of bitterness between all of us.”
But DeLonge told Lowe that all the drama has long been forgotten, and that now, he and his Blink mates are focused solely on their new album, Neighborhoods, which he called their “best work by far.”
“The album’s amazing … it’s very modern, very relevant to rock music today,” he said. “But we made sure to throw a couple of songs in there that sound like they’re from the mid-’90s. It’s gigantic. It’s made for big places.”