Blink 182's Hoppus Narrowly Avoids Jackson/Hetfield Flameout

By | May 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Blink 182, Green Day, and Jimmy Eat World haven’t had any major accidents on the Pop Disaster tour so far, but there have been several times the tour nearly lived up to its name.

Blink 182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus revealed that he nearly had a Michael Jackson/James Hetfield moment when one of the pyrotechnic devices almost burned him at one of the first few shows in California.

“I got a little too close to one of the pyro hits, and I smelled my hair on fire-not on fire, but it singed the back of my hair. I could smell burning hair. I just have to be more careful with where I stand while the pyro is going off,” he said.

Metallica vocalist/guitarist Hetfield suffered burns when he stood above a pyro device back in 1992 at a show in Montreal, while Jackson burned his hair by getting too close to a pyrotechnic device while shooting a Pepsi commercial in the ’80s.

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