Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 Reveals He’s Cancer-Free

Cover Photo Photo Credit: Greg Doherty

Good news for bassist and co-lead singer Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. He is officially cancer-free.

The artist shared the news on his Twitter and Instagram stating “Just saw my oncologist and I’m cancer free!! Thank You God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love. Still have to get scanned every six months and it’ll take me until the end of the year to get back to normal but today is an amazing day and I feel so blessed. Can I get a W in the chat?”


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @MarkHoppus on Twitter

Well, Mark, you can get a million “W’s” from us because this sure is amazing news!

The musician first announced his cancer diagnosis on June 23 sharing “Hopeful and Positive for a cancer-free future while still going through the next few months of treatment.” Hoppus disclosed he underwent chemotherapy for three months prior to his first announcement. 

Hoppus is scheduled to appear at bandmate Travis Barker’s House of Horrors later this month. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Travis Barker Announces Virtual Halloween Event with Special Guests

(Cover Photo) Photo Credit: @TravisBarker on Instagram

Travis Barker of Blink-182 will be hosting the ultimate Halloween event this year, complete with a powerhouse of guests.

Barker’s House of Horrors Halloween is an event hosted by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The event this year will be virtual. The online event will see guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne, Blink-182 bandmate Mark Hoppus, Blackbear, Iann Dior, and Jxdn.

Allison Hagendorf and Danger Ehren from The Dingo will host the exclusive event which is broadcasting from a haunted private estate via the platform NoCap on October 28, 2021, at 10 PM E.T. / 7 P.M. PT.

Photo Credit: NoCap

In a release from Barker, he shared “This is the concert we all WISH we could go to.” NoCap is both a platform and promoter of premium live stream concerts and innovative experiences providing fans globally access to memorable performances.

The platform hopes to present live shows virtually by top talent in historic venues like The Roxy Theatre and other locations with incredible concert-quality sound and visuals. The company also offers premiere content, merchandise, VIP, and Meet-and-Greet upgrades.

NoCap worked with artists like Jimmy Buffet, Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Kehlani, and more. Tickets for Barker’s House of Horror start at $25 and are on sale at the event site VIP tickets are $35 which allow fans to sign on 30 minutes early for performer arrivals, interviews, and get exclusive access to the afterparty. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA 

Post Malone’s Posty Fest Postponed to 2022

(Cover Photo) Photo Credit: Astrida Valiforsky | Getty Images

Bad news for Post Malone fans, Posty Fest, will not take place this year.

Post Malone’s annual “Posty Fest” event is postponed until 2022. As a result, the annual event hosted in Texas is postponed. “Due to logistical issues impacting the production of the festival, Posty Fest is rescheduling to 2022,” shared the festival in a statement on their website.

Photo Credit: Official statement from the Posty Fest website

In July 2021, the festival announced its return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2021 event was to feature performances by Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, and Roddy Ricch, with tickets on sale at the end of July. 

Refunds were available to posty fest-goers “at the point of purchase.” A statement on the festival site continued, “We can’t wait to make 2022 our biggest year yet. Stay safe everyone, we’ll see you soon.” No word yet if talent from this year’s line-up will be part of 2022. 

The 2021 event was scheduled for two full days of entertainment over Halloween weekend from October 30-31, entirely outdoors.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

JAPANESE BREAKFAST: Live at The Observatory in North Park

Oct. 4, 2021

The Opening Act: Luna Li 

On Monday I attended The Observatory on a rainy night to see Japanese Breakfast. Let me tell you all about it. 

Luna Li, who is from Toronto, was opening and I had never heard of her before. The lead came out on stage with three other bandmates: Hallie Switzer, Char Aragoza, and Braden Sauder.

As Luna Li started playing, I was instantly enchanted with her dreamy-rock sound and angelic voice. I never stopped swaying and grooving to her heavenly sound. Luna was also great on stage, she truly is a garage rock princess, as Mick Magazine calls her. With every song that was played, she did not fail to surprise me. Luna has a diverse skill palette with over 14 years of piano and violin training, and she can also play the harp. Luna whipped out her pretty butterfly guitar and played violin for her song, “Afterglow.” The band meshed so perfectly together, especially with the backup vocals. At one point, she told the crowd to just close their eyes and float away, and I did as she said. Although after a while I did peek to see who else was following orders. My favorite song by them right now has got to be Alone But Not Lonely. 

Hannah Bussiere is the Korean-Canadian artist behind Luna Li. According to Fashion Magazine, Hannah wanted a stage name that she could “step into,” to become her best unapologetic self when performing. She channels divine feminine energy, which is where the name “Luna” comes from. 

The self-proclaimed “moon fairy” expressed how grateful she was to be on tour with Japanese Breakfast because she felt represented by the band, since the lead, Michelle Zauner is Korean as well. 

Now, I am absolutely in love with Hannah Bussiere’s sound and vision. I’m so happy that I got to experience her music live before ever hearing her beautiful music. 

The Main Act: Japanese Breakfast

Not knowing much about the artist, besides her sound, I was eager to see what she’s all about live. As soon as Japanese Breakfast came out they started playing Paprika, an energetic piece which is my favorite song from her new album titled, Jubilee. 

I was blown away and uplifted by her performances. Wow… just wow. I couldn’t stop moving my body and taking it all in, it was quite emotional for me. The night was such a refreshing experience that I haven’t felt since seeing Unknown Mortal Orchestra live a couple of years back. The crowd was so chill and groovy. For the first time, I thought, people don’t have to always be dancing or screaming lyrics in order to gain something from attending a show. 

Japanese Breakfast’s talented lead and visionary, Michelle Zauner, is also a writer and director. I found out that she wrote a memoir about her relationship with her late mother, titled, “Crying in H-Mart.” Zauner is also married to her bandmate Peter Bradley, who she wedded nearly seven years ago, in her parent’s backyard before her mother passed. There was so much love at the show. At one moment, Michelle was introducing a song that she wrote for Peter, then saying that most songs she writes are for him as well. They played so well alongside one another. Aw. 

As usual, the band disappeared into the back and reappeared for an electric encore. What a beautiful night. 

Japanese Breakfast and Luna Li were absolutely breathtaking and incredibly talented. The experience was so elevating and I felt so humbled and full of love at the same time by the end of the night. The Woman That Loves You was my cry song and still remains, along with new pieces that I’ve discovered along the way through that night’s venture. Thank you so much.  

Written by Maya Tomasik