When Mark Hoppus wasn't recognised by actual Blink 182 fans in London

15 March 2022, 19:59

By Jenny Mensah

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We remember the epic tale of how the rocker went unrecognised by fans from Blink 182's gig the night before.

Mark Hoppus celebrates his birthday this week, turning 50 on 15 March 2022.

The Blink 182 rocker might be the only founding member left in the band, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's the most recognised.

Back in 2019, the What's My Age Again? rocker and Matt Skiba were interviewed by our very own Polly James, who quizzed the band on everything from their NINE album, to their reunion dates and whether they've been in touch with former bandmate Tom DeLonge.

Asked if they get recognised much in London, Hoppus replied: "The last time that Blink was on tour here, we played two nights at the O2. And so we played the first night and the morning of the second show we went to the V&A museum because my wife wanted to see an exhibit going on there."

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Blink 182's Mark Hoppus at the 2020 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO – Show
Blink 182's Mark Hoppus at the 2020 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO – Show. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The Dammit singer added: "We walked into the museum and there was a guy wearing a shirt from the night before. He was wearing a Blink 182 shirt that we had just sold the night before and he's kinda sitting on a bench, and I walk up to him and say 'hey that's a cool shirt' and he kind of looks down and goes, 'oh, yeah, Blink 182."

He continued: "His mum goes 'he was at the show last night,' and I go 'yeah me too' and they go, 'oh, ok".

If that wasn't unfortunate enough, Hoppus went on to tell the story of how walked past a female fan on his way out of the famous museum while wearing a Blink shirt who didn't respond to him either!"

Maybe it's a London thing eh?