The famous rock band consists of Mark Hoppus, Tom Delonge and Travis Barker.
Mark was born on March 15, 1972, in California. When he was 14, his
parents divorced and he went to live with his dad in Washington.His dad
gave him his first bass and amp when he was 15, in return for helping
to paint his house. He originally wanted to be a high school English
teacher. Mark has the least number of tatoos/piercings in the band,
with just a nipple ring and his left ear pierced. He used to smoke, but
Tom was born on December 13, 1975, in San Diego. Ever since he was young, he has believed that aliens exist. He got a computer solely for the purpose of looking up Internet sites about aliens. While he was growing up, Tom was used to hard work. He spent time working on a construction site, and also at Gary's Chicken and Ribbs in his hometown, Poway. He appeared in the movie Idle Hngs as a fast food employee, and got to say 1 line. Travis was born on November 14, 1975. He has been playing the drums ever since he was young, and got his first drum set as a young boy. He is a highly skilled drummer, and has played in a wide variety of bands before joining Blink. He was previously with the ska band, 'the aquabats', where he played under the name 'Travis Baron von Tito'. He has tatoos and piecings all over his body, which have a lot of meaning to him. He also runs his own shop called 'Famous Stars and Straps'.
The legend that is Blink-182 started way back in 1992, by Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals), Tom Delonge (guitar, vocals) and Scott Raynor (drums). Origionally just called Blink, they were forced to change their name when an Irish techno band also called blink threatened to sue them. Although there are countless rumours of what the 182 stands for, ranging from the number of times certain words are said in movies to numbers that relate to where they live to the number of times that they have performed various sexual acts, the truth is that it is really just a number that they choose pretty much at random and thought sounded good. Mixing fast, melodic punk with brutally honest, from the heart lyrics, they convert almost everyone who hears their music to fans. In 1995, they released their first full album, Cheshire Cat. Dude Ranch followed in 1997, and this was the first album to gain widespread commercial success. Scott left the band this year to go back to college, and he was replaced by Travis Barker, previously of the Aquabats. The change from Scott to Travis was made easier by the fact that they had been friends with Travis for a while already and he already knew most of their songs. They have always spent a lot of time touring in the surf/skate/punk scene, with bands such as NOFX, Pennywise, Less than Jake and the Vans Warped Tour. Around the end of 98, Blink decided to stop touring and started work on their next album, Enema of the State. This gained even more commercial exposure than Dude Ranch, and helped expose the band to whole new groups of listeners. And the reasoning behind the title? According to Mark Hoppus, "In order to maintain good health, your body must be able to eliminate food and bodily waste. Your colon, together with your lungs, skin and kidneys are designed to accomplish this essential task by elimination of toxins in the intestines, blood and lymph systems." Continues Tom Delonge, "the process of digestion from ingestion of food to defecation, normally takes between 12 to 24 hours assuming that the colon is fully functional and non-toxic. Irregular or infrequent bowel movements can allow toxic residues to remain in the colon". Travis Barker concludes, "it is very rare in this society, to find normal function of a healthy colon. For abnormal function, colon hydrotherapy or enemas - as they are commonly known - are recommended. And this is what we need to tell the kids take care of your colon and your colon will take care of you". Enema... has gone platinum and with the increased interest in the band, Dude Ranch has as well.
Blink-182 To Hibernate
Band declares hiatus. 10 years and 7 albums down the line the San Diego trio of Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker--collectively known the world over as Blink-182--have decided to take a break.
The band has announced that they will be undertaking an "indefinite hiatus." News of the break comes on the heels of the band's sudden cancellation of their appearance at the February 18th "Music For Relief" tsunami benefit concert in Orange County.
According to Blink's website, here's the official announcement of the hiatus:
"For over a decade, Blink-182 has toured, recorded and done non-stop promotion all while trying to balance relationships with family and friends.
"To that end, the band has decided to go on an indefinite hiatus to spend some time enjoying the fruits of their labors with their loved ones. While there is no set plan for the band to begin working together again, no one knows what tomorrow may bring."
Blink-182 - Mark Hoppus
After a few years together Blink-182 is still trying to do things that are exciting, fresh and new. They've tried recording the record a new way, and a new tour that costs only a dollar.
DM) How is the Dollabill tour going?
MH) It's going great. We're paying for everything ourselves. All of the tickets are a dollar.
DM) What made you think of doing that?
MH) It seemed like a fun thing to do. We've been lucky with our band and our fans have really supported us, so it seemed like a fun thing to go out and play shows for a dollar. We're really stoked because all of the venues on the tour let us use the rooms for free for the night. They've been really supportive of that. We're paying for everything else right out of our pockets. It will be a lot of fun.
DM) Was this hard to plan?
MH) It was a little difficult actually. I thought it would be a lot easier. Everyone came together and there's been a lot of help from a lot of people.
DM) You're newest album is untitled, and I read that you worked on it a little differently.
MH) Yeah, we were working on it for the past 10 months. We approached the songwriting, recording, everything about the record, in a completely different manner than before and we're really excited about it.
DM) How did you record it differently?
MH) We recorded it in a house, and then we moved into a regular studio. On previous records, we had everything written before we went into the studio. This time we walked into the studio, writing and recording at the same time. Not like on previous records, where we recorded all of the drops for the entire record, and all of the guitars for the entire record, and all of the bass for the entire record... we went in and worked on each song individually as we were writing it. If we got bored working on that song for the day, we would move on to a different song. We're doing everything piece by piece all over the place. We would record guitars on one song and pianos on another song and maybe vocals on another one. It kept everything really fresh and all of the ideas were active, instead of an assembly line of recording.
DM) Was the song writing process that different, having the microphones on?
MH) I think all songs come down to, when you're all playing together, and something sounds cool, you can build off of that. But the way that we recorded this album, rather then having a specific picture in our head, we would allow the songs to take different directions. Maybe go in and say, "Instead of bass guitar for this part, lets try it with piano. Well, that sounds cool with piano, but now lets try bells behind that." We would use all kinds of different instruments on this record and it would take the songs into a different direction.
DM) It sounds like you worked off of each others reactions on this record. Have the inter-personal dynamics of the group changed over the years?
MH) When we were recording this record, everybody felt like they were on the same page. Everybody was really excited and open to each others ideas. We were encouraging each other to try something that we've never tried before.
DM) Is that a result of having been together for so long?
MH) Yeah, sure. After playing together for years, I think that we're able to communicate with each other better as time goes on.
DM) You make it sound like a marriage in a way.
MH) It kind of is. You end up living together for six to nine months out of the year. It's like a family.
DM) You guys have to then know each other musically, but outside of music too. Does it ever get hard to work together, when you're together so much and so intensely?
MH) We're pretty respectful of each other and when we do have disagreements or arguments about things we're usually pretty good about talking about things. We'll say, "This is the way I think this part should be" or "this bummed me out." We're pretty respectful of each other and we really try to listen in that way. We try to understand each other's points of views.
DM) Is there one person who tries to resolve such things more so than others?
MH) I think we all sort of do. I think on different points on different days, one is the mediator between the other two. The roles constantly are changing.
DM) Has your music gotten better, the better you guys were able to work together?
MH) I think so. I also think that we allowed ourselves more time on this record to explore different things. When we first sat down and started talking about this record and all of these things. We didn't want to second-guess ourselves. We didn't want to constantly ask ourselves, "Did this sound too different or too the same." Travis said it best when he said, "We shouldn't think of this as the next Blink-182 record, but we should think of this as the first Blink 182 record." Where you just go in and write songs for the joy of it and not second guessing yourselves. If something sounds cool you pursue it. That's how we approach the record without looking back and going somewhere that we've never gone before.
Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker will start his own show ''Meet the Barkers''
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker will become MTV's latest reality television icon next year. MTV announced that Meet The Barkers will become the most unlikely source of entertainment since Ozzy took to the small screen. The show, which features Barker and his wife going about their daily lives, will air next year.
BLINK 182 rocker TRAVIS BARKER insists his forthcoming reality TV series will be as true-to-life as possible.
Drummer Barker, his actress wife, former Miss U.S.A. Shanna Moakler and their one-year-old year son Landon Asher are being filmed for forthcoming show MEET THE BARKERS on MTV.
Barker says, "It's sincere and absolutely real. "It's showing that you can be in a band and your old lady can be an actress and you can raise children and have a normal life like everybody else."
Also new in 2005 is "Meet the Barkers," which takes the "Newlyweds" format and applies it to the married life of Blink 182's Travis Barker, a husband and father of two with former Miss U.S.A. Shanna Moakler. Like "Nick," the show has an eight-episode order.
Powerpop punk kings Blink -182
IF you've ever wondered what those slightly scary gangs of young people who hang around Piccadilly Gardens at weekends do at night, then a Blink-182 concert provides the answer.
Powerpop punk kings Blink-182 are the high priests of this youthful cult, able to sell out the biggest venue in town without really being in the charts, or featuring on the mainstream music radar.
Swearing and tasteless gags about bodily functions are the cornerstones of their popularity. Guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge and human dynamo bassist Mark Hoppus endlessly wind each other up, establishing an easy rapport with a crowd teetering on the edge of insanity.
Make no mistake, being a Blink-182 fan is a dangerous business as impromptu moshpits break out in the standing area and fans hurl themselves violently against each other.
If that's not bad enough, there's crowd surfing, where fans launch themselves onto the arms of their mates aiming for the stage.
This energetic South Californian three-piece produced a blistering set of buzzsaw guitar, melodic bass and some world class drumming from Travis Barker at a frenetic pace that rarely let up.
But they have a sensitive side, as much of their new album deals with the pressures of growing up and the stresses caused by Delonge's brother serving in the US military in Iraq. I Miss You is a genuinely moving song.
But it is the hardcore songs that go down best, and hit single This Feeling creates more mayhem in the standing area before a spirited romp through their first hit All The Small Things, a golden oldie from their charmingly titled nineties hit album Enema Of The State.
Delonge even encourages the crowd to hold up their illuminated mobile phone displays, which gave the dark arena an eerie, hi-tech beauty.
Despite the chaos, this was a good-natured event with Blink-182 and their audience having an almost telepathic understanding of how to have fun.
Green Day may be the kings of this genre, but Blink-182 may have the longer career, because judging by this chaotic affair, their fans are devoted almost beyond reason.
Blink-182 live at MEN Arena
A bish bash bosh review of the 03/12/04 Blink-182 concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
Well where do I start? The night was fantastic. By about 9:30 the curtain came down and Blink launched into Feeling This, oh it was good to be back after seeing them last February. All I can recall after that is a barrage of golden oldies, the proper stuff they do best off Dude Ranch, Take off your Pants and Jacket, and Enema of the State.
The highlight of the evening was Carousel. Rumours were flying around that Blink fans in Glasgow and Newcastle were annoyed that they didn't get to hear Carousel, but Blink improvised midway through and just came out with it. Fantastic!
To top off a fantastic evening was right at the end when Mark delighted the crowd with guitar, keyboard and harmonica solos! The keyboard was a diddy one that kids play with but oh boy it was good! They may be dad punk rockers but they still know how to please over ten thousand hyperactive teenagers. I take my hat off to you Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker! You made my night.
My rating? Hmm about 92%. My only beef was the crowd, they were wild but i'm too old to be in the crazypit with 16 year old kids going crazy! Ah well, i've been a fan since I was 16 so I can justify being in there with them :)
Blink-182's Barker Proves He Didn't Steal His Own Kid With Reality Show
Drummer is your average Mohawked dad-next-door in 'Meet the Barkers.' Travis Barker epitomizes the adage that you can't judge a book by its cover.
The lanky, pierced and heavily tattooed Blink-182 drummer isn't often mistaken for a traditional family man — whether he's sporting his gravity-defying Mohawk or not. Upon closer inspection,however, Barker is more "Super Dad" than Sid Vicious.
"I have a 5-year-old daughter that looks nothing like me, she's my step-daughter," Barker explained. "When I take her to school or I might take her to the pumpkin patch, people look at me like I stole her! Or my wife will take our son to swimming class and he'll show up with a Mohawk, and no one will talk to my wife or my son because he has a weird haircut."
Granted, it's impossible for a father who plays in not one but three rock bands and cruises his kids to school in one of the many vintage Cadillacs in his collection to be seen as a typical dad, but atypical doesn't have to mean depraved. Barker and his new bride, actress Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA and Playboy Playmate, intend to prove that with the new MTV reality show "Meet the Barkers," scheduled to air next year.
"It's absolutely sincere and absolutely real," Barker said, a film crew for the show capturing his every word. "It's showing that you can be in a band, and your old lady can be a Playmate or an actress, and you can raise children and have a normal life, like everybody else."
Of course, watching the Barkers go through such run-of-the-mill tasks as having breakfast and reading bedtime stories probably wouldn't make for a very interesting show. The captivating twist, however, is watching "normal" people react to the "abnormal" family doing absolutely normal things.
"You'll see me walk into a restaurant and not get service," Barker said. "[Waiters] will come up to me like, 'Can I help you?' thinking that I'm here to use their restroom. Actually, I'm here to eat, and my whole family is here to eat. To see that stuff documented is priceless. You see so many circumstances that we're put in; it's crazy."
As Blink-182's "Always," the fourth single off their latest, untitled album (see "Blink-182 Celebrate Longevity With '80s-Sounding 'Always' "), makes its presence known at radio and video outlets, the band is on tour in the U.K. While there probably won't be a new Blink album in 2005, Barker is expected to release the second album by his Transplants side project. The band, which also features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, is already on board for next summer's Vans Warped Tour.
Blink-182 Joins 'Laguna Beach' Star To Benefit Troubled Teens
Most viewers of "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" see the show's cast as nothing more than a group of spoiled, plastic rich kids. Some don't even think they're real people at all. So one of the show's stars, 18-year-old Dieter Schmitz, decided to change the public's perception of him and his fellow OC-ites. And he's enlisted some pop-punk all-stars to help him do it.
Schmitz, now a freshman at San Diego State University, created Running Home 4 Teens, a charity event designed to raise money for teenagers suffering from depression and chemical dependency. His idea was simple: people could go to his Web site (RunningHome4Teens.com) and sponsor him as he ran and biked the 73 miles from SDSU to his home in Laguna Beach. All proceeds would then be donated to the national nonprofit organization Suicidal Awareness Voices of Education.
When Schmitz first began training for his journey back in October, his idea did garner some media attention, thanks largely to his connection to "Laguna." But when two of pop-punk's heavyweights — Blink-182 and New Found Glory — found out about his cause and got involved, things really started blowing up.
The bands are auctioning off autographed instruments — a Fender Strat and snare drum from Blink, another autographed Strat from NFG — on eBay to raise money for Schmitz's run. So far, bids on the gear have topped $1,740.
"I wake up and seriously can't move. I just want to sleep all day," Schmitz wrote on his Web site. "But then people always seem to come forward to inspire me further. Blink-182 and New Found Glory, for example. Huge bands [that] have both donated a signed guitar and more for the cause. People that could overlook this cause not only acknowledge what I am doing, but go out of their way to help. It's amazing and I can't thank either of [them] enough."
Schmitz's journey will begin on December 19, when he'll leave SDSU's campus at 5 a.m. His goal is to complete the trip by 5 p.m. that same day with his arrival at Laguna Beach High School (yes, the same school featured on the show — Schmitz's co-stars Stephen and Trey are scheduled to host the event). Schmitz hopes to raise $10,000 to donate to SAVE, and based on the response he has gotten already, he intends to make Running Home 4 Teens an annual event.
"Over 70 percent of our donations have been from outside of California ... how huge is that?" he wrote. "This run has touched many lives, and for that I am amazed."
Blink-182 Celebrates Longevity With '80s-Sounding 'Always'
Unprecedented fourth single from untitled album is a throwback love song.
It's fitting that the title of the new Blink-182 single connotes permanence. The release of "Always" has given the band's year-old untitled album unprecedented longevity.
"It's the first time we've ever had four singles," singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge explained. This album is like 'The Little Engine That Could.' We even talked about a fifth single. We've never done this before. It is kind of weird that we're still around."
Since the band's sixth album dropped last November, it's yielded the singles "Feeling This," "I Miss You," "Down" and "Always," which is expected to surface at radio next week. Should there be another cut culled from the album, the band hopes it would be "All of This." Simple showing off is chief among their rationale.
"We would love it because it's a bad-ass song, and [the Cure's Robert Smith] sings on it," DeLonge said. "And that makes us cooler than everybody else."
Blink-182 may have grown up on their latest, comparatively darker album, but they're obviously not above some juvenile jibbing.
Like just about everything off the new album, "Always," a revved-up plea for making up after breaking up, bears nearly no resemblance to the songs off the trio's previous albums. However, an uptempo backbeat combined with a New Romantic-era keyboard does position the tune as something of a throwback.
"It's kind of a love song," DeLonge said. "It's got kind of an '80s thing. It's not a dance song, but if you were to dance to it, you'd look like you were right out of '85."
The song's special-effects-laden clip, however, couldn't have been hatched 19 years ago. Directed by Joseph Kahn (Nelly, Eminem), the video is displayed as three horizontal panels in which a beautiful woman cavorts with DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. However, the panels sever the onscreen participants in three. The woman appears as a fractured whole, while parts of the bandmembers combine to make one character.
"It's like doing an algebraic formulation on paper when you watch it," DeLonge said. "It's the same kind of feeling ... but it's rad."
It's probably a good thing that DeLonge and his bandmates have better things to do than describe their new video. The band is working on assembling a DVD for release next year with Estevan Oriol, who directed the "Down" video and has taken most of the band's album photography. DeLonge recently directed a video for Taking Back Sunday (see "Blink-182's DeLonge Directs Video For Taking Back Sunday"). Barker has already started work on the next Transplants album (see "Transplants Write 22 Songs In 12 Days But Can't Think Of Names For Any Of Them"). And at the end of the month, Blink-182 will head overseas for a two-week European trek.
In the meantime, Barker can enjoy life as a new husband. He and Shanna Moakler wed on October 30 in a "Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed ceremony. Exchanging vows with the film's Jack Skellington as an unofficial witness makes sense considering how the couple got engaged.
"I proposed to her at the haunted mansion in Disneyland when there was a 'Nightmare Before Christmas' theme, and she proposed back to me there," Barker explained. "So that was the whole motif of our wedding. It was inspired by it."
"It was gorgeous," DeLonge interrupted. "It was the most fantastic event I ever been to. It was gnarly. It was beautiful. It was very Travis."
"All my guys looked rad," Barker continued. "My son and I had matching tuxes. We had matching hair; he had a little mohawk. I surprised my wife, and had the blues artist Solomon Burke perform. I played drums with him. It was awesome."
Blink-182's DeLonge Expects 'Always' To Change Life As We Know It
Band still deciding on video concept for new single. Just a hunch, but Tom DeLonge might be a bit disappointed by the response to Blink-182's latest single.
"It's going to change people's lives and might actually change the world forever," the guitarist daringly predicted at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards. "It's a spectacular song."
"Always," which follows "Down" as the fourth single from the band's untitled album (see "Blink-182 Get 'Down' With Former Gang Members"), does not reveal the cure for cancer or plan for world peace, like Tom suggests, but does delve into a very universal subject.
"The song is about wanting to hold a chick all night long and kiss her and touch her and taste her and feel her and all these great adjectives," DeLonge explained, stopping to correct himself. "Verbs actually, there's some adjectives in there, but mostly verbs and nouns. Some pronouns too, but not too many of those."
Blink were actually discussing a concept for the video as they strolled into the awards show, but plans are still up in the air.
In the meantime, the Mark, Tom and Travis show is heading to Japan and Australia through mid-September and will hit the U.K. in December.
When the tour wraps, DeLonge will take a long vacation. "I'm going to lift some weights and run really fast, maybe sweat a little bit," he joked. He has no plans to make another Box Car Racer record.
Tom and bassist Mark Hoppus also plan to use their time off to further develop their Resting Bird Entertainment production company, which launched last year with the documentary "Riding in Vans with Boys" (see "Butt Branding, Drunken Weddings Captured On Hoppus And DeLonge's 'Boys' ").
"We have some new ideas in the works, a couple of which are quite large, so it might take a while for it to come out," DeLonge said. "I want to do a major motion picture, crazy weird stuff. I have ideas."
Perhaps his future film projects will have a political bent, as DeLonge said his new hobby is reading about politics. He's also been an outspoken supporter of John Kerry and John Edwards.
"The two Johns are great," he said. "I'm a big supporter of change. If people aren't into change, it's a question of whether they can read. That's what I think."
Blink-182's DeLonge Directs Video For Taking Back Sunday
He shot clip for 'This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know).' Blink-182's Tom DeLonge already wears many hats: singer/guitarist, clothing-line impresario, political activist. Now he's adding another cap to his spiky dome: music video director.
DeLonge took time off to lens the video for Taking Back Sunday's new single, "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)," the second clip from their album Where You Want to Be. The video was shot on a Los Angeles sound stage on Tuesday, a rare day off on Taking Back Sunday's North American tour (see "Taking Back Sunday: Road Warriors With No Champagne").
On their Web site, TBS wrote that "We spent a very hectic 48 hours flying from Dallas to L.A. back to Nashville to shoot our next video with our good friend Thomas DeLonge. He had a great visual concept and was a very enthusiastic, focused and attentive first-time director.
"There is a lot of colorful live performance footage as well," the statement continued. "The idea is hard to articulate so we'll just have to wait a few weeks until the editing is done and you can have a look. Patience."
According to notes from Taking Back Sunday's publicist Heather West, Resting Bird Entertainment, the production company behind Blink's on-the-road documentary "Riding in Vans With Boys," shot behind-the-scenes footage for a "making-of documentary." Details of the video's concept are scarce, though West says that it combines "lots of energetic live performance ... with some 'mind-bending' imagery." The video will be ready to air sometime in late November or early December.
This isn't the first time DeLonge has worked with TBS. They played some dates with his side project Box Car Racer in 2003, and Blink invited TBS to open for them on their North American tour in May of this year.