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blin-182 Guitarist Has "Love" For His Other Band

of the Oakland Press

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Though blink-182 is back together and even working on its first new album since 2003, guitarist Tom DeLonge’s focus at the moment is on his other band, Angels & Airwaves (AVA).

The group released its third album, “Love,” on, appropriately enough, Valentine’s Day and distributed it free via the Internet. A feature film companion project is slated to be released later this year, and DeLonge plans to keep AVA on the road most of the year to shine a light on the projects.

“There’ll be a couple different tours on this record,” DeLonge, 34, notes. “This first one is promotion for the launch of the album. The second tour will come out after the movie goes theatrical, and that will be the big tour where we basically couple everything together.

“But this first tour is going to be exciting and will hearken back to our old catalog. I think this’ll be a great experience, and it might be some of the last to have with this band in these (theater) size venues, so I’m excited to go and do this.

“We’ll keep working this record forever. There’s no stop as to what we can do and what kind of deals we can make.”

DeLonge says director Will Eubank is currently finishing work on the “Love” film, a science fiction epic whose span reaches from the Civil War to the International Space Station and the end of Earth as we know it. May is “the absolute finish date” according to DeLonge, who’s negotiating with four movie studios about distributing “Love” and also has interest from the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals.

Meanwhile, DeLonge is learning to balance the sometimes conflicting demands of AVA and blink-182 — whose Mark Hoppus remixed a version of the “Love” track “Hallucinations” for fans wishing to “donate” to AVA.

“I’m up to my neck in Angels & Airwaves right now, so I don’t have anything to tell you about blink,” DeLonge says. “It’s been a little bit of a juggle that I honestly don’t have down yet.

“I never really thought of having two big bands to deal with. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s also very stressful ... But I know I’m a really, really lucky guy and I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

Angels & Airwaves and Say Anything perform Tuesday, April 27, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 with a $70 four-pack. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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