AUSTIN- As To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science continues to make gradual progress, this has allowed Tom DeLonge to return to the stage with Angels & Airwaves for the first tour in seven years, which hit Emos in Austin, Texas on Friday night.
The show was the best DeLonge has sounded in years, as time away from the stage proved to be beneficial for his creativity and performance. The Austin show at Emos, which is just down the street from Hal Puthoff’s Earth Tech, was the second official date of the tour, and this current incarnation of the band ( Illan Rubin, David Kennedy, and Matt Rubano) certainly helped elevate AVA’s live game.
Angels & Aiwarves put on an energetic, effort-filled set with “Anxiety",” “Overload,” “The Adventure”, “Kiss and Tell,” and the tour debut of “Young London.” DeLonge even played an acoustic melody that included parts of the blink-182 hit “I Miss You,” Box Car Racer’s “There Is,” and a nice nod to his past, present and future interests with blink-182’s “Aliens Exist.”
Before the show, this writer was able to present DeLonge with a copy of “Punk rock and UFOs: True Believers” during a meet and greet. DeLonge was grateful and discussed an old Bad Religion merch design with UFO art. Steve Justice of To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science was also there, and extremely friendly and appreciative of the support from the UFO community.
-By MIKE DAMANTE
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Photos by Mike Damante