DeLonge admits they lost control to big business… but he hails comeback album as the best work they’ve ever done

Machine: Blink 182

Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge says the band had to split up because it had become a machine which was controlling its members – and they’d got to a point where they hated each other without any real reason.

He left the three-piece in 2005, forcing them into hiatus, and it wasn’t until the 2008 plane crash which nearly killed drummer Travis Barker the bandmates got talking again. The result was a reunion tour following by work on new album Neighborhoods, due out in September.

Now DeLonge tells the BBC: “The reason the band broke up was really stupid in the first place. It’s not like we had sex with each others’ wives – though for how bad we hated each other that should have been what happened.

“We got so big that the machine running the band took over. We were burned out. We needed a break. But the machine won’t let you do that.

“We’d stopped communicating with each other because the machine was so big.”

It’s taken more time than the band expected to finish Neighborhoods – they even cancelled European tour dates in order to complete it. But now their sixth record is done DeLonge believes fans will agree it’s been worth the wait.

He says: “The album is amazing. If you like our music it’s our best work by far.

“It’s very modern and very relevant to rock music today. 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.”

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