Tom DeLonge Speaks Out After Suffering Heat Stroke on Stage: "Everything Went Blurry"

The guitarist fell to his knees while performing in Paraguay on Tuesday

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 21, 2024

Tom DeLonge has spoken out after suffering heat stroke while performing in Paraguay this week, which caused him to collapse to his knees ahead of running off-stage to throw up.

blink-182 are currently amid a South American leg of their extensive touring behind last year's ONE MORE TIME..., which brought them to Luque, Paraguay's Parque Olimpico on Tuesday (March 19), where the guitarist was struck by a case of heat stroke while on stage. He was taken down midway through playing "More Than You Know," the 11th song in the set [as per Loudwire], leaving bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker to fill in as he vomited backstage.

While Hoppus noted that the band was prepared to stop the show and paramedics were ready to transport DeLonge to hospital if needed, the co-vocalist was able to return to the stage and finish the show — "'cause that's what Navy Seals do," DeLonge wrote in an Instagram post, where he's pictured drenched in sweat just ahead of the scary moment.

"This was about 1 min before heatstroke hit," he recalled. "Fell to my knees, everything went blurry, then wobbled to the side of the stage and vomited for a bit. Super fun." The guitarist went on to say that he had never experienced anything like that before, explaining that the temperature had reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit even though it was 11 p.m., as well as thanking his bandmates for making up for lost time.

Not only was DeLonge able to get back out there, but the band went on to play 16 more songs. Including an encore! Check out what he had to say about the experience below.

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