Blink-182 Bassist Auctioning Off Gear For LGBTQ Charity
Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is currently auctioning off nearly 80 pieces of gear, including one of his iconic basses, in order to benefit LGBTQ rights.
It all started after the news broke about the "Straight Pride Parade," in which a Boston man responded to Pride Month by looking to hold his own parade celebrating "straight pride."
The idea infuriated Hoppus, who called it "ridiculous" and responded by pledging to put a bass guitar up for auction and donate double the proceeds to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ youth.
Now, the auction is live on Reverb for his pink plaid early 2000s Fender precision bass. Hoppus commented, "I wrote a great deal of the bass riffs for the (2003) untitled album on this bass . . . I’m auctioning it off to raise money for the Trevor Project, which is a great organization doing great work."
Bidding is open on the pink bass for five more days, while a full Hoppus shop opens on July 8th. Among the items up for sale is a custom Blue Microphones tube condenser, a custom Fender Precision bass and a pair of Avalon U5 Ultra Five Direct pre-amps Hoppus has used since 2001.