+44 make their debut in London
Ex-members of Blink-182 returned to London tonight (September 19) for a one-off show with their new band – (+44).
The four-piece, which featured former bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker along with Transplants guitarist Craig Fairbaugh and The Nervous Return guitarist Shane Gallagher, performed a 50 minute set in front of a sold-out crowd at the Astoria.
The gig, (+44)‘s first in the UK, and only their second live show ever, found the band in confident mood as they arrived onstage to rapturous applause and frontman Hoppus announced: “We were born in London and raised in LA. We’re gonna have a good night tonight.”
The band showcased tracks from their forthcoming debut album ‘When Your Heart Stops Beating’, including ‘Weatherman’, ‘155’, ‘No, It Isn’t’, ‘Little Death’ and the LP’s title track.
Despite the fact the gig marked the band’s first in the UK, Hoppus was in high spirits joking with the crowd in between songs before he lifted up a large piece of cardboard which said: “Stalk Mark Hoppus“.
The singer then lifted another piece up with the words “Travis I’m Pregnant” and added: “My wife put up this sign. Can you believe that?”
As the four-piece rounded off their show, Hoppus thanked the crowd for coming and joked: “I’m going to buy a fucking house here. I just need to borrow $7 million first.”
He also announced that the band will be returning to the UK in January.
Blink-182 split in late 2004, with ex-singer Tom DeLonge forming his own group Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker began (+44) together, naming the group after the international dialing code for the UK.
‘Baby Come On’
‘When You’re Heart Stops Beating’
‘Make You Smile’
‘No, It Isn’t’
(+44)‘s debut album is released on November 13.