15 items from 2009
Super fans of particular bands or musicians have done a lot of crazy things over the years-- throwing underwear at the stage, posting elaborate covers to YouTube, even assassination attempts. But a complete biopic, including a $55,000 budget, without the cooperation of the band or the rights to any songs? That's a whole new level of devotion. This week MTV is chronicling the attempts of 24-year-old Brandon Flores to make Blink, the story of the band's early days with original drummer Scott Raynor, before Travis Barker joined Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus to form the group we know today. Though Flores claims he's tried to contact the band's management, Hoppus seemed in the dark when MTV contacted him-- "No, I didn't know anything about the movie. I wonder how it pays? Should I try out for the part of Tom?" More power to Flores for putting his indie-filmmaking dream into a »
It all started with a young man getting expelled from school. Well, the story of 90's pop punk comedians, Blink-182 does. Little known filmmaker Brandon Flores is ready to re-open the door to what was one of my favorite bands when I was 13. After seeing Lords Of Dogtown, Flores was inspired to write a movie about the original trio which included: Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Scott Raynor. Flores talks about his Blink love, "I saw that movie and I thought, 'The guys in Blink »
- Niki Stephens
There are a lot of things that have the potential to disturb at a Blink-182 show: the non-stop poop and pee jokes, the impressively vulgar barrage of foul language and just about anything Mark Hoppus says. But one of the weirdest experiences I had when I saw the reunited band this summer was standing in the photo pit just moments before the trio took the stage and turning around to stare at a sea of goofily grinning Tom DeLonge faces.
Dozens of kids in the first couple rows of the pit were wearing masks of a youthful-looking DeLonge and I had no idea what the deal was.
Then I got a press release on Friday from DeLonge's clothing/shoe company, Macbeth, which explained that the masks were originally printed up to promote the company's Brighton shoe design, but as word spread about them at shows, the original order sold out »
- Gil Kaufman
Travis Barker along with Blink-182 have paid tribute to their friend DJ Am, who passed away on Friday, August 28. The band dedicated one of their songs entitled "Down" for the celebrity deejay at a concert in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday night, August 29.
People magazine claims all the three members of the punk band began crying when the band's guitarist Tom DeLonge began singing "I need you so bad". At the end of the single, the band's drummer Travis was reportedly seen rubbing his eyes and holding his head with his hands.
At the same concert, the band expressed their sadness due to DJ Am's sudden death. "This night is really hard for us onstage," Mark Hoppus, the bassist of the band, said to the crowd. "We lost a dear friend yesterday. His name was Adam Goldstein. You probably know him as DJ Am. He was an innovator and a genius »
During a Blink-182 concert last night, Mark Hoppus struggled as he opened up to the audience about losing his "dear friend" DJ Am, and asked to observe a moment of silence for the late musician. During that period of time, band members Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom Delonge couldn't hold back their tears over the loss of their friend.
Having expressed his sadness earlier in the day via Twitter about the loss of his friend DJ Am, Travis Barker had to face the music - and the crowd - at a Blink-182 concert Saturday night in Hartford, Conn. "This night is really hard for us on stage," bassist Mark Hoppus said from the stage. "We lost a dear friend yesterday. His name was Adam Goldstein. You probably know him as DJ Am. He was an innovator and a genius and he loved music more than anything else. Above all he was a dear friend." Before the show - as Barker's son Landon, »
- Isley Kasica
Miley Cyrus’ half-brother Trace is covered in tattoos, wants to beat up two-thirds of the Jonas Brothers, and says the best—and worst—advice he ever got was when “Tom Delonge from Blink-182 told me not to sleep with too many nasty girls on the road.” But the truly shocking thing about the Metro Station guitarist and singer is that “I’m a very respectful young man,” he tells Details. “People have this idea of what I'm like by looking at me, and I like shocking them by showing them I'm a good guy,” he says. His music gets a similar »
Reunited and it feels so good. Sure, Peaches & Herb sang the line first, but it equally applies to the members of Blink-182. After a five-year, somewhat acrimonious, hiatus, the perpetually adolescent punk band decided to reunite for an amphitheater tour this summer. Hitfix caught up with vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge just before the start of the outing, which concludes Oct. 4 at New York's Madison Square Garden (although there are rumors of European dates to follow). As famous for their high-school level hijinks on stage as such hits as "What's My Age Again," "All the Small Things" and "The »
In honor of the one year anniversary of the Sea Life Aquarium at LegoLand theyve unveiled The Celebrity Mosaic Project. The project involves several celebrities including Twilights very own Peter Facinelli who created their very own oceanthemed Lego mosaic which will then be sold to benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Read more belowThe Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland is turning one and they celebrated with the unveiling of the Celebrity Mosaic Project which benefits the Surfrider Foundation.Some of the hottest celebrities including Al Pacino Brooke Shields Heidi Klum Jamie Lee Curtis Mark Hoppus Peter Facinelli Steve Carell Thomas Gibson Tom DeLonge and Tony Hawk have built their own oceanthemed Lego mosaics. The mosaics will be auctioned off on charitybuzz.com and all the proceeds will go to the Surfrider Foundation.We have no idea how much these mosaics are going to go for I think the skys the limit said »
"Somehow, breaking up for five years and going through all this heartache and animosity and everything else somehow was the best thing that ever happened to our band. It's really gratifying and strange and humbling to think that right now it's really cool to like Blink-182."
-Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, talking to MTV News' James Montgomery about how the band's split ended up being a boon for their credibility and their business. "The same thing happened in Europe," added Tom DeLonge. "We canceled a show in London three times, and each time we would sell out another night. Then the band broke up and became even more huge." Hoppus finds the development truly bizarre, but he welcomes it. He, DeLonge and Travis Barker are back together and on tour for the first time in nearly five years, and they already have new music in the works (though don't expect to »
- MTV News
MTV News' James Montgomery has been on the ground in Las Vegas all day, tracking the building anticipation for the big event tonight at the Joint at the Hard Rock Casino: The first official show of Blink-182's huge comeback tour. It's been four years since Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker his the road together as Blink-182, and the show promises to be an energetic, emotional ride with plenty of surprises — including songs the band has been working on for their upcoming new album. MTV News will have exclusive reports and clips from the show when it wraps, but if you want to follow the action as it's unfolding, you can follow James' dispatches on Twitter. Just point your browser to the official MTV News Twitter feed to get notes on the show, thoughts about the set list, instant reactions from fans and behind-the-scenes insights on one of »
- MTV News
Reformed pop-punk trio Blink-182 made a surprise live return at a private party in Hollywood last night. Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker played their first gig together in five years at Paramount Pictures. Weezer, DJ-Am and Barker performed scheduled shows earlier on in the evening. Writing on his blog, Hoppus described the event as "one of the best nights of my life". "The whole thing was a secret," he said. "Travis and DJ-am were already scheduled to perform, and as a surprise ending, Blink-182 came (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
The Grammys may seem like one of the longest shows of Award Season, but last night they mixed it up with some exciting performances. The show kicked off with U2 starring Bono, but the absence of Chris Brown and Rihanna was quickly felt. Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Keith Urban and Boyz II Men all stepped in to form a hodge podge second performance of the night while the young couple dealt with assault allegations and drama. Total highlights included Jay-z on stage with Chris Martin and the "Swagger Like Us" performance with incredibly pregnant Mia. They looked like they were having so much fun. While Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took home some of the biggest awards John Mayer and Coldplay took home statues too - check out all the winners here. Gwyneth looked hot introducing Radiohead while Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus sweetly collaborated to sing Swift's new single. »
Blink-182 announced that they are reforming at last night's Grammys. The punk trio made their first public appearance together since 2005 at the Los Angeles ceremony. Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker also revealed that they are already working on new material. "To put it simply, we're back," they said in a statement. "We mean, really back. Picking up where we left off and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. 17 years deep in our (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Punk trio Blink-182 will reunite on stage at the Grammys this weekend. Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom Delonge will make their first public appearance together since 2005 and present an award. Rumours about a possible Blink reunion began in 2008 when Mark Hoppus admitted that the group were "reconnecting". The bassist later admitted that the band would only reform if they could do a "mind-blowing" tour. The 51st Grammys take place at Los Angeles's Staples Center on February 8. Other confirmed presenters include Kate Beckinsale, (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
15 items from 2009
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