Mark Hoppus Previews Blink-182 Tour: “Favorite Songs” on “Ridiculous” New Stage

July 20th, 2009 by RadioForPeople Leave a reply »
Photo: Shearer/WireImage On July 23rd, a reunited Blink-182 will kick off a massive summer tour in grand fashion, performing together on a Las Vegas stage for the first time in five years. Last week, Rolling Stone pulled bassist Mark Hoppus from the band’s pre-tour rehearsals — the first ever in the trio’s history — and he told us that they’ve been collaborating with production designer Martin Phillips, who has worked with Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails, as well as Daft Punk, for whom Phillips created the now-legendary Pyramid set. (Look back at Blink’s journey, in photos.) “We can’t wait,” Hoppus says. “It’s a strange feeling to have, after not touring with Blink for the past five years, to think that in just a few days, we’ll be hitting the road and playing all of these sold-out shows. And Martin’s production is just ridiculous. All of our techs have been down there to see the stage set up, and they’re e-mailing me, going, ‘Oh my God, there are so many speakers, just so many lights.’ I haven’t seen it myself, but the pictures I’ve seen look ridiculous. Everything kind of moves and joins and separates to make these huge video screens, so its pretty complicated.” Hoppus says Blink-182 have been working hard on the tour, taking the time to put the massive trek together in a “dynamic way.” Fans can expect a career-spanning set list, and he promises that Blink will “go out there and play the best that we can… and probably still end up making a bunch of mistakes and laughing at ourselves. It will be a good time. “I think right now people want to go to a show and see the Blink that they remember seeing or the Blink that they never got to see,” Hoppus adds. “So, really, it’s kind of a reintroduction to the band. We’re going to be playing all of the singles, and all of our favorite songs from our past records.”...

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