Blink-182 bassist and singer Mark Hoppus stars in a College Humor clip in which he addresses a crowd of bass players at the annual bassist convention, saying, “We have to talk about ‘the problem.’
We have to stop looking so bored onstage when we play.” Hoppus makes his point by displaying a photo of the late Who bassist John Entwistle looking not so thrilled to be onstage, asking, “Does he even know that he’s in The Who?!”
Hoppus cites bass players like Red Hot Chili Peppers icon Flea and Primus founder Les Claypool as exceptions to the rule.
Hoppus cites some common “mistakes” that bored bass players make, including talking to your drummer during the show and glancing at your phone. But he also makes some helpful suggestions on moving about the stage to keep things lively and how to draw attention to the bass player.
Hoppus will get a chance to look excited onstage when Blink begins its previously announced 16-date residency at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Dubbed “Kings of the Weekend,” the run will begin May 26th and take place on select weekends through November 17th.