Tom DeLonge selling gear used with blink-182, says upcoming AVA song is “very Box Car Racer”
"Over the years I’ve collected so much music gear used on different albums and tours, that now I am overflowing with this stuff," Tom says. "I need space for the next Angels & Airwaves run so that we can rehearse, do our stretching, hug and kiss each other, and all that other shit we have to do. I want to pass this stuff on, and I’m thankful to be partnering with Reverb to do this. This gear has done so much for me and gave me a chance to bring my art to so many people. I really hope it can be used by somebody with the same aspirations I once held as a young musician. These are the kinds of tools that can take a musician from a bedroom, to a garage, and to the stage."
Here are more details on the gear, via Reverb's announcement:
The Official Tom DeLonge Reverb Shop will feature over 100 pieces of music gear, including Marshall JMP-1 and Mesa Boogie Triaxis amps that toured with blink-182 beginning in 2000 and were used for nearly fifteen years by DeLonge. According to DeLonge, the amps they relied heavily on were part of rigs created based on blink-182 producer Jerry Finn’s tones from the studio. “A lot of these still have the original settings for the songs they were used on,” DeLonge said.
Other music gear that will be available in The Official Tom DeLonge Reverb Shop includes:
* Two Roland Fantom X6 workstation keyboards used on every Angels & Airwaves recording and tour up until 2011, according to DeLonge. “These Fantoms have been around as long as Angels & Airwaves,” he said.
* Seven MXR EVH-117 Flanger and five Fulltone Full-Drive2 Mosfet pedals that DeLonge began using during blink-182’s 2009 tour. According to DeLonge, these pedals came into play when Vox AC30s and Fender Twins became the main amps the band used for touring. “These were the only analog pedals in the chain as everything else was run through a processor,” DeLonge said.
* Several synthesizers, including one that still has Angels & Airwaves presets.
* Over a dozen road cases covered in blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves stickers from tours. Of the road cases, DeLonge said: “I think that it’s really cool that these have been around the world with me.”
Tom adds, "I’m excited for anybody that’s a fan of the music that I was fortunate enough to make and be part of to get their hands on this gear. So hopefully you guys will find something you like. If you do end up owning some of this gear though, I need to warn you that there will be a few things that will happen: You will get more handsome and fans will flock to you. That’s part of the rock’n’roll lifestyle."
Browse all the gear that Tom is parting ways with HERE.
Watch Tom walk you through the gear in this video:
In other news, Angels & Airwaves' sixth album is on the way, and Tom says that the next single is "very Box Car Racer," the beloved, short-lived band that he and Travis Barker had in between blink-182's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and untitled albums. (Maybe it's the same song he teased in 2019?)
When a fan on Twitter said they wished BCR continued, Tom replied, "Stay tuned then for this first single from the new [Angels & Airwaves] album. Very BCR and that’s also why Rich Costey is mixing it, because he mixed the BCR album... As he gave it that feel u are describing."
If it does indeed sound like Box Car Racer, we're looking forward to hearing it!
Speaking of gear used by iconic pop punk singers, you can pick up a tiny version of Billie Joe Armstrong's sticker-coated "Blue" guitar in the BrooklynVegan store. We've also got some punk vinyl available from Green Day, NOFX, and more.
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