Tom DeLonge

Tom DeLonge

American rock musician
Date of Birth: 13.12.1975
Country: USA

Biography of Tom DeLonge
Tom DeLonge is an American rock musician, guitarist, and one of the two vocalists of the American pop-punk band Blink-182. He is also the guitarist and lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves. Prior to his success with Blink-182, DeLonge played with the alternative band Box Car Racer. In addition to his musical endeavors, DeLonge is involved in maintaining the social networking portal Modlife, which he created, and also works in the clothing business.

Tom DeLonge

Early Life and Musical Beginnings
Tom DeLonge, whose full name is Thomas Matthew DeLonge Jr., was born on December 13, 1975, in Poway, California. He grew up in a family with his parents Connie and Thomas Sr., along with his older brother Shon and younger sister Kari. DeLonge's first musical instrument was a trumpet that his parents gave him as a Christmas gift when he was 11 years old. In school, he was more interested in music, particularly punk rock, and skateboarding, rather than his grades. He first picked up a guitar while at a friend's house, listening to recordings of the punk rock band Bad Religion. He received his first guitar as a birthday gift at the age of 15 and spent a lot of time learning songs by the Descendents. One of his first bands was a teenage group called Big Oily Men, whose lineup constantly changed.

Tom DeLonge

Despite his early interest in rock music, becoming a musician was not something DeLonge had initially planned. He initially aspired to become a firefighter and participated in the San Diego Cadet Program. However, when he turned 18, his parents divorced, which later became the inspiration for the song "Stay Together for the Kids." In 1991, DeLonge was expelled from Poway High School after being caught drunk at a school basketball game. He had to continue his studies at Rancho Bernardo High School that year, as mentioned in the song "Dick Lips." He eventually returned to Poway High School and graduated in 1993.

Formation of Blink-182
During his time at Rancho Bernardo, DeLonge met Anne Hoppus, who introduced him to her brother Mark Hoppus in August 1992. Mark, in an attempt to impress DeLonge, climbed a lamp post near DeLonge's house but broke both of his ankles on the way down, leading to weeks in a cast. DeLonge introduced Mark to drummer Scott Raynor, and the three of them formed the band Duck Tape, later renamed Blink-182. Blink-182 is considered one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s. In 1998, Scott was replaced by Travis Barker. In 2005, due to DeLonge's exhaustion and conflicts within the band, Blink-182 went on an indefinite hiatus without officially announcing a breakup. During this time, DeLonge focused on his project Angels & Airwaves, and the break lasted longer than expected. However, in February 2009, at the 51st Grammy Awards, Blink-182 officially announced their reunion and return to the rock scene. In September 2011, they released their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods. DeLonge considers his decision to leave Blink-182 as the biggest mistake of his life.

Personal Life
On May 26, 2001, DeLonge married Jennifer Jenkins on Coronado Island in San Diego Bay. They had been friends since school and started dating in 1996. The wedding reception featured a performance by the band Jimmy Eat World, and each of the groom's five friends, including Mark Hoppus, received a silver yo-yo from Tiffany & Co. Currently, DeLonge resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with his wife Jennifer, daughter Ava Elizabeth (born July 15, 2002), and son Jonas Rocket (born August 16, 2006). They have three dogs. In January 2006, Jennifer launched her own line of high-end children's furniture, which is sold at retailers like Barney's in New York.

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