Over the weekend, Blink-182 bassist and co-lead singer Mark Hoppus shared a video of himself playing the bass for the first time since his cancer diagnosis. Earlier this month, the rock star spoke candidly about his diagnosis telling fans he has Stage 4-A lymphoma. Yet recent chemotherapy treatments seem to be working, which is the best news possible for the musician.
Hoppus went live in another Twitch streaming event on Saturday. That’s where he broke out his bass guitar and played along to one of Blink-182’s old songs. Previous to playing “Not Now” from Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled album, he addressed his fans tuning in.
“Not only is this the first time that I’ve tried to play these songs in well over a year. This is the first time that I’ve felt well enough to play my bass since I was diagnosed… this is the first time I’ve picked up my bass in a few months even,” Mark Hoppus says in the video.
The bassist then plays along to “Not Now” while sitting down at his computer. Hoppus may not be on stage rocking out in front of thousands of adoring Blink-182 fans. But after everything he’s been through, the smile on his face after he finished playing is equally as awesome.
Mark Hoppus Shares Multiple Health Updates With His Fans
Two weeks ago, Mark Hoppus shared a sullen update with his fans in a separate Twitch livestream. The 49-year-old revealed details about his specific diagnosis. He said that doctors diagnosed him with “diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A” during the livestream.
Additionally, the bassist explained that he had an important appointment with his doctors the next day. The Blink-182 musician said the doctor’s visit would reveal if the chemo treatments were working.
“Ideally, I go in tomorrow and they say, ‘Congratulations, your chemotherapy has worked and you’re all done. You’ll never have to think about this cancer again for the rest of your life,’” Mark Hoppus said in the Twitch stream.
In a follow-up Twitter post from a few days later on July 19, he announced some great news that all fans were surely happy to hear.
“Scans indicate that the chemo is working!” Hoppus tweeted. “I still have months of treatment ahead, but it’s the best possible news. I’m so grateful and confused and also sick from last week’s chemo. But the poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer.”
The rock star has received tons of support from his family, friends, and fans around the world. He first confirmed his lymphatic cancer diagnosis in June stating that he’s known about the disease since April. Ever since, he’s received an outpouring of love and well wishes, including from his Blink-182 bandmates Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker.
“Mark is my brother and I love and support him,” Barker said to E! News in a statement. “I will be with him every step of the way on stage and off and can’t wait for us to play together again soon.”