Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus gives cancer update: “The chemo is working!”

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Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has gotten some good news from his doctors.

The 49-year-old bassist, who’s been diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, gave an update on his treatment Monday.

"Scans indicate that the chemo is working! I still have months of treatment ahead, but it's the best possible news,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I'm so grateful and confused and also sick from last week's chemo," he continued. "But the poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer. Just gonna keep fighting..."

During a recent Q&A, Hoppus revealed he’s battling the same form of cancer his mother beat a few years ago.

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The Killers announce new album, ‘Pressure Machine,’ coming next month

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The Killers have announced their new album, Pressure Machine, will be out August 13.

The band’s seventh studio album follows 2020’s Imploding the Mirage, which had its promotional run and world tour cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Everything came to this grinding halt,” frontman Brandon Flowers says in a statement. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence.  And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.”

Pressure Machine is an ode to Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah, with songs based on “memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up.” It also features commentary from current Nephi residents.

“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” says the band’s drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.” 

Adds Flowers, “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with. Many memories of my time in Nephi are tender.  But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged.  I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”

The Killers head back out on tour August 19.

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MTV VMAs are back in New York City this year

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The MTV Video Music Awards are back in New York this year.

The annual awards show will air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, September 12.

MTV and Barclays Center say they are working closely with state and local officials to implement health and safety protocols to bring fans together for the event. The show promises to be packed with epic performances.

MTV is also partnering with 9/11 Day, the nonprofit that both began and leads the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the partnership will encourage participation in a series of charitable service activities during the week leading up to the VMAs.

Additional details on the VMAs are still to come.

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