Former Blink-182 teammates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge reunite for interview
Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge got together to discuss how M. Night Shyamalan almost made a Blink-182 video, the white lies Delonge told to help book the band’s first gigs, and how the cock jokes made them helped form an eternal bond, during a chat on Hoppus’ Apple Music 1 show, After school radio.
The conversation, which aired today August 3, comes in particular following Hoppus’ announcement in June that he was battling cancer. While DeLonge parted ways with Blink-182 in 2015, there doesn’t appear to be any lingering acrimony: DeLonge shared a note of encouragement after Hoppus revealed his diagnosis, while during their After school radio interview, Hoppus asked DeLonge why he thought they could go five years without speaking, then just call and chat like nothing has happened.
“Because we enjoy cock jokes in a way that no one else does,” DeLonge joked. “It boils down to that, there is nothing else. That’s it, in my opinion. Hoppus, of course, agreed, adding, “I think so, because the first time we met I think it was cock jokes from the start in your garage.”
Hoppus and DeLonge then shared a range of stories from their Blink-182 days, such as the time DeLonge approached Shyamalan at a hotel restaurant in Japan and asked him if he wanted to make a video for the group. “In half an hour, we’re all sitting down together and he’s coming up with ideas for a Blink video,” Hoppus recalls. “And I mean, he offered a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost, whatever it was, $ 20 million, but I mean, just on your common sense or I don’t know, fuck it, just go over to somebody and say, ‘Hey, I want you to run a Flash video. ‘”
DeLonge added moments later, “I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he thought to himself, ‘It’s so beneath me. “No, he didn’t say that, but of course he thought, ‘I’m not going to do this, it’s a nightmare.’
Discussing DeLonge’s fearlessness, the couple also touched on his work in the UFO world, when he interviewed Mel Gibson for MTV, and how he managed to convince local high schools to book Blink-182 by claiming that they were a group with a “motivational edge.”
“I remember calling these high schools,” DeLonge said. “It was like an anti-drug, alcohol or something like that. Either way, it’s kind of like that… You know the fun thing about being young is that you aren’t aware of the ramifications of what you’re doing. You can really get away with anything if you don’t really know what’s going to happen to you about it. And I always try new things for this reason. Blink was really like that.