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Mark Hoppus performs during live, in-person show for first time post-cancer

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Mark Hoppus is returning to performing live following his battle with cancer.

The Blink-182 bassist/vocalist joined the up-and-coming rock outfit Beauty School Dropout for a performance of their song “Almost Famous.” Hoppus also guests on the studio version of the track, which is out now.

You can watch footage of the onstage collaboration posted to BSD’s Instagram Story.

Hoppus shared that he’d been diagnosed with cancer in June 2021. After a few months of chemotherapy treatment, he was declared “cancer free” in September 2021.

Hoppus technically played his first post-cancer performance during his Blink bandmate Travis Barker‘s Halloween streaming concert last October. However, the Beauty School Dropout show marked his first live and in-person performance since his diagnosis.

Beauty School Dropout, by the way, is signed to Hoppus’ new Verswire project, a “venture capital music startup” that also features Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz as strategic adviser. In addition to collaborating with them on “Almost Famous,” Hoppus also appears in the video for the BSD song “Assassin,” as does Wentz.

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