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Mark Hoppus of blink-182 is currently auctioning off nearly 80 pieces of gear, including one of his iconic basses, in order to benefit LGBTQ rights. 

It all started when the proposed  “Straight Pride Parade” news broke. 

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If you haven’t heard, a Boston man responded to pride month with a discrimination complaint against the city, looking to hold his own parade celebrating straight pride.

The city complied and now the “Straight Pride Parade” seems to be a real thing, causing social media to explode in outrage.

New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Carolyn Ryan shared screenshots of the parade organizer’s Facebook post explaining his reasoning for the event.

The idea infuriated Hoppus, who went a step further by offering a charity opportunity in response to the parade.

Labeling the idea as “ridiculous,” Hoppus pledged to put a bass guitar on auction and donate double the proceeds to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ+ youth.

“To celebrate how utterly ridiculous a Straight Pride parade is, I’m going to auction off one of my basses, match the final bid dollar-for-dollar, and donate all the money to the @TrevorProject,” the tweet reads.

Now, the auction is live on Reverb for his pink plaid early 2000s Fender precision bass from his personal collection up for auction. 

“We call this plaid bass Groundskeeper Willie. I wrote a great deal of the bass riffs for the [2003] untitled album on this bass,” Hoppus wrote in the item description. “ It has the sticker of the unicorn on there and the pink Famous Stars and Straps keychain that has been on here for the past decade and a half. … I’m auctioning it off to raise money for the Trevor Project, which is a great organization doing great work.” 

The full shop opens on July 8. Among items up for sale is a custom Blue Microphones tube condenser. It is apparently one of Hoppus’ favorite pieces of equiptment. 

“It’s been a staple of my studio setup ever since Jerry Finn told me to buy a Blue Bottle mic for Enema of the State,” Hoppus said.

Also in the shop is a custom Fender Precision bass and a pair of Avalon U5 Ultra Five Direct pre-amps Hoppus has used since 2001. 

You can see the full list of items on the shop here. The auction for the pink bass is up for 6 more days while the rest of the shop opens next week. 

As previously stated, all of the items benefit the Trevor Project. You can read more about their work here. 

You can also see a video of Hoppus discussing his shop below. 

Other news

 

Over the weekend, blink began their 20th-anniversary tour for Enema Of The State with Lil Wayneand Neck Deep. Now, we have the whole setlist for the tour. 

We previously knew that the band had at least played “Alien’s Exist,” as they dedicated the song to Tom DeLonge. 

Before we get into the full setlist, you can see the band shout out DeLonge at the first show in Hartford, CT below. 

“This song goes out to Tom, where ever he is,” Mark Hoppus says before starting the song. 

In the performance, the band also skips the fan-known line that says “Tom has sex with guys.” That has now been omitted, so the shout out is now at the beginning. In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, you can see a video with the line included below.

Now, we know the full setlist. It starts with running through the iconic album in full before hitting some major hits.

You can check out the full setlist for the tour below. 

1.Dumpweed
2. Don’t Leave Me
3. Aliens Exist
4. Going Away To College
5. What’s My Age Again?
6. Dysentery Gary
7. Adam’s Song
8. All The Small Things
9. The Party Song
10. Mutt
11. Wendy Clear
12. Anthem
13. Down (acoustic)
14. Wasting Time
15. Family Reunion
16. Feeling This
17. Bored To Death
18. Built This Pool
19. I Miss You
20. Cynical
21. Blame It On My Youth
22. First Date (with Blitzkrieg Bop tease)
23. Generational Divide
24. Dammit

The entire tour got off to off to a bit of a slow start. The tour was slated to kick off in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena on June 27. However, the band announced via Twitter that the show would have to be pushed back to Sept. 22 due to “unforeseen production delays.”

“Due to unforeseen production delays, the blink-182 show originally scheduled for June 27th at Nationwide Arena has been rescheduled to September 22nd. Please hold onto your tickets as all originally purchased tickets will be honored for the new show date. Tickets for the new show date are available online now at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com or the venue box office.”

Grab your tickets here and check out the dates below. 

Dates:
07/01 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

07/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/05 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
07/06 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
07/07 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *
07/09 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center *
07/10 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/13 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
07/14 – Quebec City, CA @ Festival d’été de Québec ^

07/16 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07/17 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheatre
07/19 – New York, NY @ Good Morning America
07/20 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
07/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
07/25 – West Palm Beach @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
07/26 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellaris Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
07/31 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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08/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
08/02 – Dallas, TX @ The Dos Equis Pavilion
08/04 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
08/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
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 (rescheduled)
10/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock ^

* without Lil Wayne
^ blink-182 festival date

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