“‘NINE’ was something that Travis (Barker) and I had talked about, and we’d come up with some joke titles and some other kind of things,” Mark said. “We’d originally not wanted to call it anything, and were maybe thinking about just not titling it at all – but we already did that once, so we didn’t know if we should call it ‘Extra Untitled’ or what. So we’re like ‘let’s just call this what number album this is’, and depending on which you think is our first album and which you include, this is nine.”
He also spoke about how the original design for the album art was a lot more simplistic and bright.
“We wanted a very simple album cover – we talked about doing a plain hot pink cover at one point,” Mark said. “Then Travis is friends with Risk who is a graffiti artist back in LA and kind of all around the world – and he does these things called Beautiful Destruction, which is sort of these rainbows which is what we ended up using, one of his paintings on our cover.”
As previously stated, Hoppus previously revealed via Reddit the reasoning behind the name NINE.
“NINE. this is our ninth album, as decided by me and travis,” he began. “some count buddha, some not. some count the mark tom and travis show. some count greatest hits. some count dogs eating dogs. i’m counting buddha, cheshire cat, dude ranch, enema of the state, toypaj, untitled, neighborhoods, califronia, and now NINE.”
“nine is also the number of universal love. and the number of uranus. remember to like and smash that subscribe button, or whatever it is the kids say now,” he continued.
blink-182 NINE tracklist:
- The First Time
2. Happy Days
5. Blame It On My Youth
6. Generational Divide
7. Run Away
8. Black Rain
9. I Really Wish I Hated You
10. Pin the Grenade
11. No Heart To Speak Of
13. On Some Emo Shit
14. Hungover You
15. Remember To Forget Me
More blink-182 news
To backtrack, Hoppus featured on the 2015 track that the band have been steadily playing on the road.
Even back when the tour was announced, they teased at a live collaboration. First, Neck Deep tweeted the link to the song and wrote, “Hey @markhoppus – how ‘bout it?”
Hoppus responded, “Let’s do it live” and we’ve been waiting ever since.
Let’s do it live.
— mark hoppus.🏳️🌈 (@markhoppus) May 6, 2019
Then, at the stop in Phoenix, AZ, it actually happened.
Hoppus came on stage to perform his verse with the band and it made our little pop-punk hearts melt. Check out a video below.
Check out the remaining blink-182 tour dates below.
08/07 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/08 – Los Angles, CA @ The Forum
08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands ^
08/27 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/30 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/31 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
09/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
09/04 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/06 – Wichita, KS @ Hartman Arena *
09/07 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove *
09/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
09/10 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/12 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
09/14 – St. Loius, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
09/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
09/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/22 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena (with All Time Low)*
10/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock ^
* without Lil Wayne
^ blink-182 festival date
What do you think of what blink-182 originally wanted to call the album? Sound off in the comments down below!
See more: The 11 most punk films of all time