Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is apparently a big fan of the Nintendo Switch gaming console and has been streaming live on Twitch playing music as his son tackles games including Animal Crossing and Super Smash Brothers.
He started with hosting a live stream, chatting with fans via Twitch as his son Jack played Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Hoppus performed tunes including blink’s 2005 release ‘Wasting Time’ and their 1997 cut ‘Apple Shampoo’.
Still strumming his acoustic guitar, Hoppus then took his attention to music by +44, a supergroup formed with blink-182’s Travis Barker, Shane Gallagher of The Nervous Return and Mercy Killer’s guitarist Craig Fairbaugh.
‘Lycanthrope’ and ‘Baby Come On’ were among the tracks he gave a whirl. He also addressed questions, including shooting down the idea that blink-182 would ever play ‘Kaleidoscope’ live.
“We’re never playing ‘Kaleidoscope’ live. That’s not happening. I love that song though.”
Watch Mark Hoppus play ‘Baby Come On’ by +44:
More recently, Hoppus was back at it, this time playing along as Jack played Super Smash Brothers. As well as playing a bunch more blink and +44 tunes, he asked his son what his favourite Blink-182 album was.
“Uh, I don’t know,” said Jack, before later admitting that Neighbourhoods is his favourite.
In December of 2019, Hoppus said he would be open to a reunion of +44, and the fact he’s been playing music by the band has to be a good sign on that front.
“Maybe, I would never say never,” Hoppus said at the time, but admitted he hadn’t spoken to Gallagher and Fairbaugh, in a long time. “I think they have moved on in their lives, and we’re in a different place.”
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Watch Mark Hoppus of blink-182 perform during Super Smash stream:
Hoppus hasn’t been wasting all his quarantine time streaming games and strumming guitars though. He’s also teaming up with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth to work on new material for their duo Simple Creatures.
“We’re already working on potential quarantine music while we’re all on lockdown,” said Gaskarth.