Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus reflects on ‘Enema of the State’ tour and the “power of music”

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboBlink-182 has been touring the U.S. this summer celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's 1999 breakthrough album Enema of the State, and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus is now reflecting on the outing with an earnest post about the "power of music."

"Specifically live music," Hoppus writes. "These shows. The moments we share in a venue together. The band and the audience. Words we wrote in a garage or studio or an idea scribbled down in the middle of the night, or written in the depths of self-doubt and despair."

"To sing songs and have those songs sung back to us," he continues. "A shared experience between everyone. It's amazing to see you smiling and laughing."

Hoppus adds that he's been particularly touched by the reaction to "Adam's Song," regarded as one of Blink's most serious and emotional tracks.

"Several times on this tour I've looked out during 'Adam's Song' and seen people weeping crying and holding their friends or spouses," Hoppus shares. "Maybe remembering a lost friend or loved one, or a difficult time in one's life."

"To have a song bring strangers together to rejoice, to mourn, to remember," he continues. "It's awesome and humbling and it means the world to me. You all mean the world to me. Thank you."

Blink-182's tour continues Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band releases a new album titled Nine this Friday, September 20.

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