“I started writing a book, actually, earlier this year,” he revealed. “I’m not that far into it yet but I’m writing a book about my life and experience in Blink and what I’ve gone through over the past year or so.”
He describes the forthcoming tome as a combo of music memoir meets medical journey. Though he’s working with an editor and has a publisher, Hoppus is keeping mum on the specifics until the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.
“We’re finalizing the deal and I’m really happy with the way that’s coming together. I’m excited to tell my story,” Hoppus said, admitting that it’s a 180 from how he felt last year prior to the accidental social media post. “I didn’t say anything about being sick for the longest time because I was so scared and overwhelmed by the whole thing.”
”Today I’m doing good. The recovery is taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but I am in a much better place,” says Hoppus. “I feel like I have a second shot at life.”
Adds Skye, also 50: “He’s a rock. He rose above and got through it…The last couple years threw a lot of wrenches in our system, but we’re on the other side of it even stronger.”
Since doctors gave him the all-clear, Hoppus has been getting back to work. He’s writing a book, launched the record company Verswire and is hosting his radio show on Apple Music.
This week on his Discord, he said that he finally came into possession of the multitrack master reels for Dude Ranch, which we all believed were burned in the warehouse fire a few years ago. This morning, Mark said that there are recordings of 2 non-album songs. One is labeled “Voyeur 2” and one is “Don Keydick.” He is still in Italy so he’s not able to listen to them yet, but he believes “Don Keydick” is the second non-album song that was on the Dude Ranch demo tape.
Veeps founder Sherry Saeedi, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, and music manager Nick Lippman are teaming up to launch Verswire, an artist development incubator that also boasts Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz as a strategic advisor, as well as Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman and manager Gus Brandt (Mark Hoppus, Foo Fighters) as investors. The press release can be found below.Read More “Mark Hoppus, Sherry Saeedi, Pete Wentz Launch Verswire”
I was really excited to work with you. To be honest, you’re one of my favourite artists. ‘Dude Ranch’ and ‘Enema Of The State’, those were the records I was listening to in high school and as a teenager and I feel like they were really impactful on me as I was coming into my own musical identity.
”So when I had the opportunity to work with you, which was over Zoom, which was different. I was so excited and I was really impressed with how efficient you are in the studio. You write, you record yourself, you can engineer, you sing, you’re playing. So having you on the album is a huge honour for me. So I’m really excited about our collaboration.
Mark has asked for these to be taken down off the internet because they’re not performances, just something fun he does for his Twitch and to get back into playing.Read More “Mark Hoppus Doing Bass Play Throughs on Twitch”
The diagnosis had prompted him to revisit other things too. When we initially spoke in September, he told me that he’d recently been going back over old Blink tracks—songs he’d played thousands of times—discovering that they’ve suddenly taken on new meaning. Of note was “Adam’s Song,” a somber number that Hoppus wrote in his 20s, from the imagined perspective of someone who felt suicidal but ultimately made the decision to carry on the hard work of living. “I’ve had a lot of thoughts about my own mortality, a lot of thoughts about what happens when I’m gone,” he said. “And so I’ve been listening to ‘Adam’s Song,’ thinking, Yeah, tomorrow holds such better days.”
Hoppus still isn’t quite sure what tomorrow holds, exactly. But who is? He hasn’t really thought about what blink-182 might look like now that he’s cancer-free, but he’s open to any permutation of the band, really, including line-ups with Tom back in the fold. “We haven’t really talked about that, but I’m open to anything in the future,” said Hoppus. “I don’t know how that would work if it’s all four of us. Like we’re all going to live in the same house again?”
For Hoppus, the past year not only deepened his appreciation for his family and friends, but it taught him how to handle unexpected horror with humility, grace, humor, and—this is the new one—an open heart that’s still learning how to feel deserving. “I’m totally overwhelmed with the support and love,” he said, pausing. “I don’t know. People online I have never met sending support. Cancer survivors of the same lymphoma that I had even put together a video where they covered a Blink song, and it made me cry.” That song, of course, was “All the Small Things.”
Before I left, Hoppus wanted me to take a close look at the top of his head. He was excited: His hair was showing tiny signs of growth. Of returning to normalcy. “My armpit hair is still totally gone,” he said, “but if you look close, all this white hair is just the shitty cancer hair, and then you can see the actual dark hair growing back in a little bit.”
You got a free bleach job, I joked.
”I know,” he replied, beaming. “I wish I’d had this in the mid-90s.”
There’s also more on the Reddit community.Read More “Mark Hoppus in Latest GQ Magazine”