Tom DeLonge has always dealt with heartache by the numbers. He started two bands, had two life-changing events, and has been creating music for more than 20 years. He decided to quit music for the rest of his life and left one note on his Facebook page to explain his reasoning.
DeLonge knew people wouldn’t take the news easily, so his explanation attempted to put his fans at ease. He wrote that he “never planned on quitting” and he “just find it hard as hell to commit.” But after he wrote one of the most emotional letters in music history, is there a way to make him stay? Here are five reasons why he should stay:
- He’s created mountains of music. DeLonge is credited on almost every Blink-182 album as “composer,” meaning that he does a majority of the work. And if he has not written enough, he has written for numerous other groups, including his own other projects. DeLonge created Angels & Airwaves in 2005, just after he experienced an emotional breakthrough. DeLonge created the band and produced five albums, resulting in multiple albums on the Billboard Top 200 list. While both Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves consisted of more than a few members, DeLonge wrote all of the lyrics himself.
- He’s dealt with addiction and music is his coping mechanism. After a serious back injury, DeLonge was prescribed Vicodin for pain, but after a while became addicted to the medication. When the prescription ran out and he began to go through withdrawal, DeLonge turned to music to find his way back to safety. Music has helped some of the biggest names in music go through addictions and dependency and DeLonge does not doubt it changed the way he lives his life. Check out his interview below to see what he had to say about his struggles:
- His business ventures didn’t actually turn out well. DeLonge attempted to start several businesses in the midst of playing music, but never successfully made a tremendous amount of sales. He directed a few music videos, started a shoe line, tried to start a clothing line, and even tried to create his own guitar brand. DeLonge publicized the brands via his social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), but none of them truly took off.
4. His voice is incredible. With an angelic voice like DeLonge’s, how could anyone let him leave music? Belting classics like Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” and “Saturday Love” from Angels & Airwaves fourth album, DeLonge has won numerous awards for his music. He even guest-appeared doing backup vocals for some non-released tracks. Blink-182 was even nominated as the one of the best bands of the year, multiple times.
5. He influenced a significant amount of what is now rock music. Some of the biggest names in music have cited DeLonge as their main musical inspiration. Just to drop a few names, two members of Panic! At the Disco (known for “I Write Sins But Not Tragedies”) say that Tom DeLonge has highly influenced their style of music. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Ryan Ross of PATD said that he “wants to learn to play guitar like Tom DeLonge.”
If that does not sum up the number of reasons Tom DeLonge should stay in music, there might not be many more, but if you’ve got an answer, sound off in the comments below!
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