Ken Leighton 6:30 p.m., Aug. 20
Angels & Airwaves
Sound description: What do you get when you cross blink-182 with Pink Floyd?
RIYL: 30 Seconds to Mars, blink-182, the Offspring, Box Car Racer, Rocket from the Crypt
Upcoming Local Shows
- Jam Session: "Angels Ascend at Belly Up" · Feb. 3, 2012
- Cover Story: "Borrowed Music. Borrowed Look. Borrowed Fame." · March 18, 2009
- Blurt: "Not If, But When" · Sept. 3, 2008
- Blurt: "Who Charted?" · Jan. 2, 2008
- Blurt: "Angels and Airplay" · Dec. 21, 2006
- Blurt: "Hard to Do" · Sept. 21, 2006
- Blurt: "Hacker's Delight" · March 30, 2006
Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: blink-182, 30 Seconds to Mars
Angels & Airwaves (AVA) is an alternative rock/post-grunge/progressive rock band that was formed by former blink-182 and Box Car Racer guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge. The band originally included David Kennedy (notably from Over My Dead Body, Hazen Street, and Box Car Racer), and Offspring drummer Atom Willard. Angels & Airwaves released their first single, “The Adventure,” on May 18, 2006 and their debut album, We Don’t Need to Whisper, on May 23, 2006. Bassist Ryan Sinn, formerly of the Distillers, left the band in early 2007. Former 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter joined the band after Sinn’s departure.
On June 18, 2007, the band released a newly designed website depicting a motorcyclist and a flash application with flashing text advertising their upcoming album, I-Empire. The flash application also played a short music clip from I-Empire, along with a portion of the message from President Eisenhower via the Project SCORE Satellite in 1958: “Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space... Through this unique means I can say to you and to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth.” The flash application ends with the quotation “If I had my own world... I’d build you an empire....”
They performed September 7, 2007, at Copley Symphony Hall for the opening of the surf film Trilogy, which features AVA on its soundtrack. Their second Geffen Records album I-Empire was released in October 2007, debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Seven weeks later, the disc was at #172. Love Part One, released in 2010, did not fare much better.
On August 10, 2011, more than 460 movie theaters nationwide broadcast a live band performance, video screening and a Q&A session with Angels & Airwaves Presents LOVE Live. At the same time, “Epic Holiday,” the final preview video for their science fiction movie Love, about a stranded astronaut, was streaming on their website. The video is the fourth and final extended story of characters that make brief appearances in the feature film.
Their fourth studio full-length Love Part 2 finally arrived November 11, 2011 (postponed from Valentines Day), available on its own or in a variety of packages, including both part one and part two. A deluxe version includes the 85-minute Love movie on DVD, while another package upgrades the deluxe version with a 128-page comic book based on the movie or adds a limited-edition t-shirt. Another package, limited to 25 sets, contains a signed, customized TD Epiphone guitar similar to the one Tom DeLonge plays.
As of late 2011, their newest member is local drummer is Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails).
In early 2012, a new video was released for “Surrender,” from their Love Part 2 full-length, directed by William Eubank and featuring cameos by Evan Glodell and the Medusa car from the movie Bellflower. Set amongst opposing scenes of passionate youth rioting and dancing in the streets, the video, as lead singer Tom DeLonge explains it, is based on young revolution.
“The idea that young people are speaking their minds...and that young people across the globe will still find a way to celebrate even when they're living their worst day.”
Near the end of 2012, SRC Vinyl released a 4-LP limited edition vinyl set with their full-lengths Love Part I (2010) and Love Part II (2011), with both albums as double LPs in their own gatefolds, housed in a color 4/4 CMYK O Card.
Tom DeLonge describes their early 2013 double-EP Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal as “An experimental piece with odds and ends left over by the Love era, including some cool remix stuff.” A video for “Surrender Remix” features DeLonge in a space station.
Near the end of 2013, DeLonge released a children's book, The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve, described as “a tale of a rocketeer alone on the moon on a cold Christmas night, and the gift he receives from a few unexpected -- and extraterrestrial -- friends.” Art from the book was auctioned to benefit San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital.
A limited-edition Lonely Astronaut Christmas Package was made available for $50 to the first 1000 customers, containing a hardcover first edition of the book, including a certificate of authenticity signed by DeLonge, a digital version of the book for iPad, Nook or Kindle, a Lonely Astronaut clear acrylic etched ornament, and a limited-edition t-shirt.