Blink-182 headlining 91X WreX The Halls

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Blink-182 will be co-headlining San Diego’s 91X Wrex The Halls Festival on December 11th. See the full line up poster and ticket link inside the post.
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New NME interview with Mark

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Check Here for a new two part interview with Mark where he talks about living in London and working on the new album.

Blink-182 co-frontman Mark Hoppus has said that the band were aware during the recording of their new album ‘Neighborhoods’ that they couldn’t create something all their fans “were going to love”.

The pop punk trio reunited in 2009 after four years apart and released their first album for eight years in September. Speaking to NME in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of your page and clicking, Hoppus said the band did their best to put any pressure they might be feeling from fans’ expectations out of their heads when they were recording.

He said: “We had to make a conscious effort to not feel the pressure. I mean we knew that there was nothing that we could put out that people were going to love.”

He continued: “It’s been eight years, the band broke up and then reformed, we just had to make a record that we love. Some people were going to say ‘That wasn’t worth eight years’ and some are going to love it.”

The bassist also said that the band were actually unsure that anyone would care that they had reformed at all, as they had been away for so long.

He said:

When we got the band back together, we had no idea if people would care at all. But the tours we’ve done have been the biggest we’ve ever done and we like ‘Oh fuck, people actually really care about our band’.

Hoppus, in a separate interview, which you can see by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, also said that the band had plans to release another album.

He added: “We’re definitely going to keep going. We’re definitely going to make another album. We’re definitely going to continue to tour. We’re definitely going to keep working on other things, but it all comes back to Blink and helps the whole. It’s like a marriage where your wife says she’s OK with you fucking super hot chicks as long as you spend the night at home.”

Blink-182 tour the UK next summer, with a number of high profile festival appearances rumoured to be part of the tour.

 

Radio 1 Interview with Mark

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Radio 1 Newsbeat posted a short interview with Mark here.

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Even Mark Makes Mistakes

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Mark posted some bloopers from the new Hoppus On Music Episodes

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Mark Hoppus on Soccer AM

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Punk star Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 talks music and why he’s a Chelsea fan.

You can watch the video HERE.

Thanks to Hans J. for sending this in.

Rolling Stone: Members of Blink-182 Discuss Overcoming Years of Acrimony

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From Rollingstone.com:

Members of Blink-182 Discuss Overcoming Years of Acrimony

‘The air was so thick around us back in the day you could cut it with a knife,’ says Travis Barker

We recently posted a long series of interviews with the members of Blink-182 – but that was only the beginning. Here’s part two of our series of Q&As with Mark Hoppus, Tom Delonge and Travis Barker, conducted backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. We spoke about the difficult birth of their new album Neighborhoods, how they finally learned to communicate and compromise after years of strife, and Delonge’s belief that that the band has embraced a “much more modern and relevant form of rock & roll.”

Mark Hoppus

Everybody in the group spent the last few years working on different projects. Do you think that helped the creative process after you guys convened to cut the new album?
Yeah, absolutely. I think that doing things outside of Blink allows us to find out what our skill sets are, what we’re good at, what we lack, what each person brings to the table. I think probably the most important lesson we learned from taking five years off from Blink was each of us is very different from one another and we’re never going to connect on certain things and it’s that disconnect that makes us Blink.

Often the very thing that drives a band apart is that force that makes them so great in the first place. Some bands just can’t compromise and they simply cease to function. You guys have clearly learned how to compromise.
Well, we’re still learning. It’s somewhere in there, in this battle between our ideas the good stuff comes out. That’s probably the biggest lesson that we learned being absent from one another for so long.

You can read the rest of the interview HERE.