Tom DeLonge Explains What He Admires The Most About Mark Hoppus
Former Blink-182 singer and Angels & Airwaves founder Tom Delonge joined Mark Hoppus to have a conversation with the ‘After School Radio’ podcast and shared the thing he admires the most about his former bandmate.
Tom DeLonge is the co-founding member of Blink-182 and has been alongside drummer Scott Raynor and bassist Mark Hoppus since 1992. After releasing 5 studio albums with the band, he parted ways with Blink-182 due to increasing tensions and formed Angels & Airwaves in 2005.
In 2009, DeLonge reunited with Blink-182 and released two studio records named ‘Neighborhoods’ and ‘Dogs Eating Dogs EP.’ However, the Angels & Airwaves frontman left the band for good in 2015, and he had not talked with Mark Hoppus until this year.
As you may know, Mark has been struggling with four diffuse large B-cell lymphomas for six months and has undergone the fifth round of chemotherapy. Recently, he joined his old-time buddy Tom DeLonge to show their fans that there is no bad blood between the duo.
During the conversation, Tom was asked to list the things that he admired the most about his former bandmate. According to DeLonge, Mark is going deep on whatever he wants to get into, and he retains all the information about the ins and outs of it. While sharing his admiration for Mark, Tom also mentioned his history of telling ‘Mark Hoppus stories’ to his friends.
DeLonge opened up about Mark saying:
“You have no idea how many Mark Hoppus stories I’ve been telling people since I did ‘Monsters,’ the movie. We did these all-night shoots that were exhausting. You start at 6:00 and don’t end ’til 6:00 in the morning. So I’m telling you, at 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, every time you cut, people are getting tired. You have special effects people, actors, lights… Sometimes there are 40 people on set.
And so I start telling old Mark stories to make everyone laugh, just old Blink-182 stories like some of the funnier shit that you’ve done. So it’s funny because I’ve been telling them, and I haven’t stopped, and for some reason, I even said it probably about a couple of months ago, I was telling someone, ’I keep telling Hoppus stories anytime I’m in a social gathering.'”
Former Blink-182 star continued:
“But on a more serious note, besides just your humor, I think like when you decide to get into gardening, you go deep, or you get into fishing, or you get into World War II, and all these things I’ve watched you get into over the years.
Scuba diving – ’Well, I’ll be a master scuba diver.’ You just go deep on these things, but you retain the knowledge and you do it in such a way that when you describe it, it’s really interesting, and you trim all the fat.
Me, on the other hand, when I describe something, I’m all passionate and I’m all over the place. You, you describe it like a scientist that learned the ins and outs of it, and I really admire that.”
You can listen to the whole conversation below.