You would never guess that it’s been more than six years since Tom DeLonge exited Blink-182 if you dropped into his chat with former bandmate Mark Hoppus on Tuesday (August 3). The pair reunited for a casual hang on Hoppus’ Apple Music 1 show After School Radio, in which the longtime friends talked about bonding over “d–k” jokes, interviewing movie stars and that time they almost got a superstar director to get behind the camera for an unrealized mega-budget Blink music video.
DeLonge, who is a filmmaker himself, recalled the time he approached Old director M. Night Shyamalan at restaurant in Japan and asked if he’d be up for bringing some of his twist-ending magic to a Blink video. “Within half an hour, we’re all sitting together and he’s coming up with ideas for a Blink video,” Hoppus remembered. “And I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost, whatever it was, $20 million, but I mean, just on your gumption or I don’t know, no f–ks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, ‘Hey, I want you to direct a Blink video.’”
DeLonge added that once the reality of the situation set in, Shyamalan realized it was not to be. “I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he was like, ‘this is so beneath me,’” said DeLonge. “No, he didn’t say that, but of course, he was like, ‘I’m not going to do this, this is a nightmare.’”
It appears as if the once-estranged friends and bandmates have been fully back in the frame together in the wake of Hoppus’ reveal in June that he is battling the same type of cancer his mother beat, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. DeLonge has been supportive all along, tweeting in June that his friend is “strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart” and adding last week that Hoppus was “doing well” following chemotherapy; DeLonge co-founded Blink with Hoppus in 1992 and was a member until leaving the group in 2015.
The buds also bonded over their mutual love of “d–k jokes,” which Hoppus said is one of the reasons why they were able to jump on the phone together and chop it up just like the old days. “Because we appreciate d–k jokes in a way that no one else does,” DeLonge laughed. “It boils down to only that, there is nothing else. It’s that, in my opinion.” Hoppus said. “I think so, because the first time that we met, I think it was d–k jokes from the beginning in your garage.”
DeLonge popped in about halfway through the two-hour show, chopping it up about his favorite doorknobs, joking about nude Zoom parties during the pandemic, deep-diving into the upcoming Angels & Airwaves album and tour, his pursuit of the truth about UFOs and that time he convinced high schools to book Blink by convincing them that the group had a “motivational edge.”
“I remember calling those high schools. It was like anti-drug, alcohol message or something,” said DeLonge. “You know what’s fun about being young though, is you’re not aware of the ramifications of what you do. You can really get away with anything if you don’t really know what’s going to happen to you for it. And I’m always trying new things for that reason. Blink was very much like that.”
More than anything, though, they just sounded like old friends having a blast and catching up, including a reminiscence about the time MTV sent DeLonge to interview Mel Gibson for the movie Signs and he got kind of tanked while he waited for the actor to show up. “Your first question to him is, ‘All right Mel, why are you late to this interview?’” Hoppus recalled. “Which I thought was the ballsiest thing to say to Mel Gibson to start off an interview. Why are you like that?”
And, for the record, Tom’s favorite Blink album is their 2003 self-titled album.
Listen to the episode of After School Radio here.