Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Picks A Country Folk Singer As His Rock God
In a new video shared by Raised on Radio, Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge picked his rock god.
Although DeLonge’s inspirations have been bands such as New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, his one rock god is a country folk singer. The frontman revealed:
“Hey guys, this is Tom DeLonge and I’m going to talk to you a little bit about who my rock god is. The pandemic has just been so sad and brutal for so many people across the world, and there’s so many people that lost their lives and one of them I never knew about named John Prine.”
DeLonge explained how Prine affected his life during his difficult times and talked about the singer’s influence on his life:
“John Prine is a folk artist that has been around for many, many decades and it looks like we lost him to COVID and that’s when I first heard his music, and it ended up becoming something so important to me and special. I was coming out of a really tragic divorce, and this guy was singing very simple songs about getting back in the saddle and attacking life the way you did when you were young.”
“So I just started listening to him like crazy over the past year and realized how big of an artist he was and how much influence he really had on so many other artists. So my rock god for the moment is John Prine.”
After Prine’s passing away, many rockers such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Stanley, John Fogerty, Bryan Adams, and more. So, even though he is not essentially a rock musician, the respect he got from the rockers is evident.
You can listen to DeLonge’s words below.