10 things you didn’t know about Tom DeLonge | APTV
You discovered him during his tenure with blink-182. And you are still meeting him as the founder of Angels and waves. We are proud to have an alternative rock icon / unidentified aerial phenomena enthusiast Tom DeLonge in front of the APTV camera. Shot at his SoCal home, DeLonge was kind enough to tell us 10 things about himself you really didn’t know.
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We also delve deeper into his fascination with UFOs, extraterrestrial life, and his work with the US government on classified matters. In our video, he suggests that the Hollywood portrayal of aliens (in films such as Star wars, The Avengers and The Lord of the Rings) might not be irrelevant. But his personal motivations for this field of study are much more philosophical and altruistic. Snark all you want on nerds wearing pocket protectors at Sci-Fi Cons. DeLonge’s take is far more geopolitical than people have thought.
One more thing: we’ve added an 11th special thing you didn’t know about DeLonge. He reveals the melodic-hardcore icon he was trying to emulate with his vocals. Always the right sport, he admits how his pals continue to roast him about it to this day. So if you want to practice the “Where are yoooooooou… ”In your bathroom mirror, he’s fine. You heard it rock; listen to him talk. Check out an excerpt from the video interview below.
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TOM DELONGE: Hi everyone, I’m Tom DeLonge, and here are 10 things you didn’t know about me.
My favorite food by far is spaghetti. It’s the kind of thing I’ll always go to. I will always eat [spaghetti] when I’m on tour or on vacation. It’s kind of my thing. I like spaghetti.
The second thing people don’t know about me [is] that I like building LEGOs. I like to watch movies and do something with my hands. And I tend to buy these big LEGO sets and I will build them while I watch them. I don’t do it often, but especially during the pandemic I was trying to do a little bit more then I’m just going to put this big back on Star wars spaceship to children and [say] “You could do something with it.” I always thought it was a lot of fun. One of my bikes is this big guy off-road Enduro, and they made it in a version of LEGO, so I built it. I put a picture of it or something like that. My brother and I were very interested in LEGO when we were kids and I kind of rediscovered it in the last few years when all the kids started[ed] build them all the time. I want to intervene on this, I want to build something. It gives you something to do. I think the best I have ever built was the Millennium Falcon. I have a rad, sick [Millennium Falcon]. It’s actually sitting in my living room on a shelf, so it’s the work of art. You know, you rock ‘n’ roll and buy a LEGO set to show off to your friends.
I have a very good reason to believe that advanced intelligent races don’t just go from point A to point B. They don’t all come from one planet to our planet. There are two opposing universes and this is where we are, where they can both exist. And by using the frequency, you can go back and forth. But in this other universe time goes back and physics is [the] opposite. There is an Easter Egg for you because I think a lot of people tend to think “alien” means one thing. I always tell people if you’re in the ocean and you’re a fish and you see a jellyfish go by, you’re like, “Well, okay, this place is full of this life form.” And then a dolphin goes by and then a whale, and the next thing you know, [you see] a can of Coke, like pollution. And you have no idea that there is even land above the ocean, over there with all these humans dumping garbage in the ocean. So I think when people think of aliens, they think the same. It’s like, “OK, so how are they?” Well, what the … the dolphin, the Coke can? It’s teeming with life and there is so much more. I tend to think that what people think of most often when they think of aliens, they think of the big, big-headed black eyes that you see on a T-shirt and everything. I think if you compare the legend of these clones you might want to look at some of the greatest works of art ever released and humanity, Star wars, the Lord of the Rings, even all The Avengers the films are about human volunteers who face an army of clones. And I think that’s something people need to think about.
[The] fourth thing you don’t have about me [is] that I compare my motorcycles to skateboards. When I was younger, when I first got my skateboard, I felt like I could finally leave a broken family. I was like, I could finally get out of this house, all fighting. It was just a tough place for a teenager, like so many teenagers who come from tough family situations. So when I got a skateboard, I was like, it’s my transportation. And I just left everyday. I just left. Well when I got my motorcycles I felt the same. You feel the vibration of the ground. You have this stuff that’s built just for you, no other person is necessarily supposed to be with you. It’s your own personal machine. So that feeling in your inner ear, when you move fast on a skateboard or a surfboard or on a roller coaster, you get it on a bike too. I remember thinking that one day, as I walked down the hill, I was like, “Why do I like this so much?” I was like, “Oh, my God, that reminds me of skateboarding.” It’s not so much the stuff or being able to hang out with your friends when it’s dark in a skate park or something like that. But it was the ability to get up and go. And it’s your own personal machine to get you somewhere and to get away and just to go and smell the air, feel the movement. And I always liked it because of it. There is [a] crossover with playing music. Playing music is … the most important thing that I take away from it is [being] the present is a really difficult thing for me, but on stage it’s the only time. [Being on] the stage and the sex are the two times where I can focus and say, “Well, this moment is really cool.” But every other time I worry about so many things. I have so many responsibilities, my company or my family and whatever. But I like anything that can put me in the present and it’s really hard to get me there. I mean just ask my family members they go [say], “He is crazy.”
BONUS FACT: When was the first time you heard someone do the “voice of Tom DeLonge”?
Oh, my God, those were my friends. I had a bunch of friends [and] every time I called them they would answer the phone and play Mark’s voice [and say] “Hello.” And then I would answer the phone and they all said “Where are you?” I remember when a lot of songs came out like “Stay Together For The Kids”, blinking old song, “Here’s your vacation …” Oh my God my friends were torturing me right here, [they’d do] the nasal thing. My friends are relentless. Believe me, I don’t get away with shit. I grew up with a bunch of, you know, dirty skate rats, they’re funny. But I know, I watch it and I see how people do it on the internet and stuff and I think it’s so funny. I was just trying to sing like Milo from Descendents. That’s all I was trying to do. I remember sitting in seventh grade in front of the mirror and thinking to myself, “How do I look like Milo?” I ended up with something like me, unfortunately, but I still listen to Milo. I’m always [like] My God, I wish I looked more like him, you know?
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