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Angels And Airwaves Have Big Future Ambitions

Of the Oakland Press

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Angels and Airwaves’ current theater tour is just the beginning for what frontman Tom DeLonge has planned for the band in 2008.

The former blink-182 guitarist and company plan to be touring throughout the year, and by late summer or early fall, he hopes to still be supporting the group’s second album, “I-Empire,” with what he calls a “large” tour for which he says the sky is — literally — the limit.

“There’s 25 partners we’re gonna have,” says DeLonge, 32, “but the first one is NASA, and I’m working on doing some incredible things with them and incorporating NASA’s technologies into our show. I think people will be wowed with what I have in mind. Hopefully I can pull it off.”

AVA’s current shows, according to DeLonge, are “more straightforward ... primarily more about theatrical lighting and getting the message straight across.” But that’s no small concern, either.

“A lot of our songs are religious in nature,” he explains, “not with faith-based religion but more about unity and what’s happening at that moment. The whole crowd is there and feeling the same thing at the same moment and very optimistic, and the message is full of hope.

“ It’s just something different than running around and saying “(expletive, expletive, expletive),” which is what I did for 10 years (with blink) — and we still do a little bit now, too.”

Angels and Airwaves, Meg & Die, the Color Fred and Ace Enders perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $21.89. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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