In the summer 2021, Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus announced to his followers that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He received the news he had stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, information he accidentally shared with his fans on Instagram. Previously, Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus & Travis Barker had a reunion.
Mark Hoppus opens up on “Adam’s Song”
The cancer diagnosis had prompted Hoppus to revisit many things. It has been revealed that he had recently been going back over old Blink tracks—songs he had played thousands of times—discovering that they’ve suddenly taken on new meaning. On that note, the “Adam’s Song,” popped up.
It is a somber number that Hoppus wrote in his 20s, from the imagined perspective of someone who felt suicidal but ultimately made the decision to carry on the hard work of living.
Speaking with GQ, he said: “I’ve had a lot of thoughts about my own mortality, a lot of thoughts about what happens when I’m gone,” he said. “And so I’ve been listening to ‘Adam’s Song,’ thinking, Yeah, tomorrow holds such better days.”
The diagnosis left Hoppus in a bad state. The American star had lived an extremely healthy lifestyle – vegan, barely drank, fit and healthy. Thereby, the news was very difficult for him to digest. Speaking in a new interview, Hoppus revealed how hard he had it during the early days of the news.
He said: “I had a really dark time after finding out. I went through this whole period of like, not why me, but of course me. Why wouldn’t it be me? We’ve had so much good luck and good fortune, and things have kind of fallen into place for me specifically for so long, that of course I was due. I was due for something tragic.”