Mark Hoppus From Blink-182 Inspired By Beatles, Shakespeare

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[pullquote quote="I'm going to be the biggest Beatles geek when I get to Liverpool."]Blink-182 might be the quintessential kings of California-style pop-punk, but bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus has moved to England for a year.

Instead of enjoying sun, surf, and “good vibrations,” and Travis Barker playing at Smokeout Festival, the California-native will be trudging through rainy, gloomy British days checking out the essentials of English history like Windsor Castle, the haunts of Shakespeare, and the Liverpool streets the Beatles may have walked before penning songs like “A Hard Day’s Night.”


[pullquote quote="I grew up listening to British music and The Beatles were huge among my friends - I'm going to be the biggest Beatles geek when I get to Liverpool."]In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Hoppus said that he may be “really cold,” but the experience of living in England is also “really fun.”

“I’ve been to pretty much every tourist attraction. I loved Windsor Castle. That was ridiculously cool. And the Cabinet War Rooms were awesome. Now I’m heading north…When I come to Liverpool I am going to be the biggest Beatles tourist you’ve ever seen. I can’t wait.

“We’re massive Beatles fans,” the musician elaborated. “I grew up listening to British music and The Beatles were huge among my friends – I owe everything to those guys – so I’m going to be the biggest Beatles geek when I get to Liverpool. I’ll be there at Paul and John’s houses. Can you go to George and Ringo’s too? I want to see everything while I’m there.”

Hoppus said that if hadn’t become a musician, he was “training to become an English teacher.”

[pullquote quote="My English teacher taught us Shakespeare. I learned so much about life and people from those plays...Maybe that's why I came to England."]“My English teacher taught us Shakespeare – she brought the whole world to life for me,” divulged Hoppus.”I learned so much about life and people from those plays…Maybe that’s why I came to England. I have to admit I haven’t been to the theatre yet. I keep meaning to. I want to go to Stratford on Avon too. I’m a Shakespeare tourist as well as a Beatles one.”

Living in a “different country” has inspired the Blink-182 star and broken him out of his “rut.” Hoppus said that now he feels like he “can do anything.”

Including writing a song while in Liverpool.

“I’m hoping I’ll get to write a song or two while I’m in Liverpool,” concluded Hoppus. “Maybe the whole Lennon and McCartney thing will get me writing. I hope so.”

  • Are you a Beatles fan and a Blink-182 fan? How have they changed your life? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Liverpool Echo]

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