Tom DeLonge Shows Off Special Fanmade Angels & Airwaves Birthday Gift

By Katrina Nattress

December 14, 2019

It's never fun getting older, but Tom DeLonge was especially appreciative after receiving a heartfelt, fanmade gift for his 44th birthday on Friday (December 13). The Angels & Airwaves frontman took to Instagram to personally thank a fan for compiling a book of live photos taken by concert goers during the band's first tour in seven years over the summer.

"I want to thank my fans at the AVA® movement! They are so kind, so supportive, and they make me feel like what I do matters," he captioned a gallery of hand-picked selections from the book. "Amazingly, they assembled photos from all over the country that fans took of our return to the stage with angels and airwaves this summer. They put all of these photos into a book for my birthday, and I just cannot thank them enough. This will sit on my coffee table in my living room for now on. They have been so wonderful to our band, I want you all to know that they make us feel very L)VED :) thank you @melissa.yoder for your coordination of these inspirational gift. 🚀"

Melissa shared a post of her own, sharing her gratitude that DeLonge would take the time to personally thank her and share photos she curated. Check out both posts below.

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So, this happened yesterday 😳 I knew @tomdelonge’s book I made would be getting to him eventually but I was still NOT PREPARED to be publicly thanked by the man who has been my everything for the past 12 years and have it be seen by over 18,000 people. . It was honestly just a happy surprise that he got it on his birthday—he had left for @angelsandairwaves’ winter tour by the time my book got to his office. But his wonderful group of people at knew how to get it to him and thought it was special enough to be a birthday gift. ❤️. I burst into tears when I saw his post, especially because he took the time to go through the book and chose my own pictures to feature. 😭😭 . Picture credits: 1st slide: All photos by me @melissa.yoder @moon.atomic.etsy • • • 2nd slide: (just saving Tom’s comment where he mentions me for posterity, haha) 🥺🥰 • • • 3rd slide: Cover of the book, shot and designed by Austin Day • • • 4th slide: photo by @danielamimoto (which actually isn’t in the book, but Tom’s shared his picture before and must have liked it enough to post it again, way to go Daniel!) • • • 5th slide: top (pointing) photo by me, bottom silhouette by Nathan Huezo • • • 6th slide: Gregg McDougall, @eetch_ and @saraadianee • • • 7th slide: black and white photo by @thejoshluten, the rest by @heavydirtye . #angelsandairwaves #AVA #AVA2019 #teamAVA #theavamovement #tomdelonge #tothestarsofficial #avastreetteam

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AVA is currently on a winter tour. Tickets are available now.

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