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Mark Hoppus

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Mark Allan Hoppus was born March 15, 1972 in Ridgecrest, California. Mark is one of the founding members of the Punk-Pop band blink-182 and indie/pop-punk band +44. He plays bass guitar, and sings.

At the age of fifteen, Hoppus got his first bass from his father after helping him paint his house. Mark played bass and sang in the band Pier 69, primarily covering songs by The Cure. He also played in a band called The Attic Children in 1988. He later moved to San Diego to continue his studies in college, where he met Tom Delonge (another blink-182 member) through his little sister, Anne Hoppus. Delonge was a friend of Anne’s boyfriend, Kerry Key, and constantly complained about wanting to join a band. She finally introduced Hoppus and Delonge in August 1992.

Hoppus and DeLonge, with their friend, drummer Scott Raynor, decided to form a band in 1992. They were under the name “Duck Tape” until their third show, when Delonge said he liked another name…”blink”, but an Irish techno band was already using that name and threatened them with a court case, so they changed their name to blink-182. In 1997, after the release of their second album Dude Ranch, blink 182 went on tour with the aquabats (whose drummer at the time was Travis Barker). Scott’s dismissal from blink-182 came when he did not show up for two weeks of shows because of a drinking problem,which another theory included scott returning to university to continue his studies. Travis performed instead, and when Raynor returned, he felt akward and decided to leave the band completely. Barker learned the entire setlist in about forty-five minutes before a show, and eventually left the Aquabats to become the band’s full-time drummer.

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