"We’re heartbroken over the entire thing" - Mark Hoppus.
Mark Hoppus has addressed the cancellation of two blink-182 shows on their 'Enema Of The State' 20th anniversary tour, after being confronted by a fan on Instagram.
The two shows in question are the rescheduled Columbus, Ohio show, which was set to happen on September 22 after it couldn't go ahead due to production delays at the start of the tour, and the show in El Paso, Texas which was cancelled following a mass shooting near the venue the day before, which forced the members of blink into their hotel for safety.
In response to the fan's disappointment, Mark replied "I hear you and understand that you’re upset. The Columbus cancellation was beyond anyone in the band’s control. We were told, not asked. Sucks that it’s happened so often to one city. We try and do the best for all our fans."
He continued "Regarding El Paso, I don’t deserve a lecture from anyone. I was in the city on my way to that mall with my wife and son when the shooting happened, and spent the day locked in our hotel room with the intercom saying there may be a second shooter across the street. There was no way we were going to play a show the next day. That would’ve been the ultimate disrespect, and to be honest I was probably too shaken to play the next day. We weren’t able to schedule a timely make-up show, so rather than keep people’s ticket money for months until we can return, we cancelled, so people can get their money back and decide next time we’re able to come through if they want to come to the show. I hope they do. We’re heartbroken over the entire thing. Since day one we’ve always tried to do right by our fans, which is why I think so many have stayed fans these many years. We appreciate you and your support of our band, and hope to see you in Columbus next time. Namaste."
Neck Deep have announced an intimate headline show in Columbus, Ohio on the date of the cancelled show. Check out all the details on that here.