Mark Hoppus on How His Cancer Helped Heal Rift with Tom DeLonge
The reunion of blink-182 has been one of the bright spots in the rock world in 2023. It turns out this all happened during a very dark and scary time for Mark Hoppus.
The trio recently took part in an extended interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. Hoppus said he and Tom DeLonge started talking again when he was diagnosed with cancer. He went public with his diagnosis in June 2021.
Hoppus said, ” … There was a lot of bad blood and there was a lot of stuff in the press and feelings and all this stuff. Then honestly, I got sick … but Tom was always like, ‘We’re going to get you through this.'”
Hoppus announced he was in remission in September 2021. However, he shared with Lowe that chemotherapy did a real number on him. He said he had to work with a vocal coach to “rebuild” his throat so he could sing again.
Of course, there is fortunately a happy ending to all of this and, perhaps, a new beginning for blink-182. DeLonge’s return to the band was confirmed in October 2022. This led to the release of the track “Edging,” their first new single together in nearly a decade. The song is featured on their new album, One More Time..., which comes out tomorrow (October 20).
On top of their new album, blink-182 is headlining the When We Were Young festival taking place this weekend in Las Vegas along with Green Day.
50 Best Power Ballads of All Time
Power ballads: They’re some of music’s most powerful expressions. While their popularity exploded in the ‘80s, they can be found in multiple decades, as is evident in our list.
According to Cambridge University Press’ academic journal Popular Music, “The power ballad has become a mainstay of popular music since the 1970s…The songs are defined by the use of both a musical formula based on constant escalation and an expressive formula that combines the euphoric uplift created by rousing music with sentimental themes and ploys.”
The journal further notes that power ballads aren’t exclusively rock songs. In fact, many songs from the 1970s that are considered power ballads fall under the pop genre. In the 1960s, many songs considered power ballads had more R&B elements to them.
However, the grand nature of the power ballad lent itself well to the rock music of the 1980s. During that time, everything was “bigger,” and we aren’t just talking about hair and shoulder pads. Personalities seemed bigger. The stakes for fame seemed bigger. There was a kind of boldness that was only of that time.
With all of this in mind, our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads below might include some surprising songs. However, it will also include entries you’d expect to see on this list.
There is one other parameter that was set for this list: Bands/artists will only be represented by one song to provide for a fun variety. However, solo tracks and band recordings count as two separate entries. This means certain musicians might show up more than once on this list. (Spoiler: We’re looking at you Jon Bon Jovi! And really, how could we not look at JBJ, am I right?!)
Without further ado, bust out your lighters and enjoy our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads!