By Amanda Wicks
Some Blink-182 fans really miss Tom DeLonge. So much so that one of them inserted him into the band’s newest music video for “Bored to Death.”
Victor Hemsley, an intrepid YouTube user, edited together Blink’s new video with DeLonge’s video for Angels & Airwaves song “New World.” DeLonge first shared that video back in April of 2015. It showcases him wandering the streets with his guitar and later smashing that instrument into other gear.
Blink’s new lyrics seem to line up with DeLonge’s scenes. “There’s a stranger staring at the ceiling,” lead singer Mark Hoppus sings in one verse. At that moment, the video shows DeLonge walking along a street at night looking bereft.
In an interview with Radio.com, Hemsley explained that the idea was hatched when he found himself watching a 20 second clip using the same footage posted to a band fan site—Tom DeLonge edited into Blink’s “Bored to Death.” The Eugene, Oregon video production student thought it was funny and decided to take it one step further and make an entire video. “Honestly, I did it just to make myself laugh.” Hemsley figured only a few of his friends would ever see the video. “I’m a huge Blink fan. They’ve my favorite band for at least ten years or more.”
“At first I was really upset about it,” says Hemsley of the band’s breakup. I couldn’t imagine the band without Tom DeLonge. But I think I warmed up to the idea of Matt Skiba pretty fast. And, honestly I’m super excited for the future of Blink-182. I didn’t make the video in spite of Tom or to fuel any fires. He’s still one of my favorite musicians of all time.”
DeLonge has been focusing on other projects, like a series of comics, novels and a big budget feature film. He has denied quitting Blink-182, but he didn’t take part in their newest album California and won’t be participating in their upcoming tour.
California drops July 1st, which just so happens to be the 182nd day of the year.
Check out the alternative take on “Bored to Death” below.