Fall Out Boy
Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley form one of the most famous and influential emo rock bands in the history. Fall Out Boy didn’t had to struggle for obtaining mainstream success, they received more than a dozen of awards and plenty of nods for their distinct music, worked very hard, released five smashing albums, knew all the ups and downs of celebrity, went on a three-year hiatus and yet they are still here. Their music prevails and today we’re listening to their hit songs as if FOB is a constant presence in our lives.
FOB formed twelve years ago in Chicago, but it was only in 2003 that the quartet broke out of the underground music scene with their first full-length album, Take This to Your Grave, which provided the band its first significant fan base and a less significant commercial success. They reached mainstream success two years later, with their major label album From Under the Cork Tree, which brought them several awards and sold more than 2.7 million albums in the United States, achieving thus double platinum status.
Their success ascended in 2007, as Fall Out Boy released the album Infinity on High, an album that debuted at the top position on the Billboard 200 and other five charts worldwide. Thanks to hits like “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and despite the fact that this album marked a shift in their musical style and an obvious departure from its hardcore punk roots, FOB spiked its international fame. The album went platinum and its outstanding success inspired the bad to create and release a new album in 2008, Folie à Deux. This album was certified gold and highlighted the fact that FOB had evolved their musical palette, but even so, it was more like a safe album, meant to keep awake the momentum of their first hit albums.
The group toured intensively in the United States and around the world since the release of their debut album, they performed at and headlined several music events and festivals, including the third Nintendo Fusion Tour in the fall of 2005, the 2007 Honda Civic Tour, the Young Wild Things Tour, the 2009 Toyota Concert Series, the Youth Ball for the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the 2009 Believers Never Die Tour Part Deux Tour, where they were supported by 50 Cent, Metro Station and All Time Low. They collaborated with many important singers such as Kanye West, Travis McCoy, Panic! At the Disco, Elvis Costello, Pharrell Williams and Lil Wayne, they released a greatest hits compilation album Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits in 2009 and soon after, when everyone was expecting good news of new material being in the works, the band announced the shocking breakup.
The band that has sold 5.7 million albums and has scored three Hot 100 top 10 singles since its first full-length studio release was on official hiatus. From that moment, magazines wrote about FOB as if their music was boxed on a dusted shelf and as if only Wentz’s personal life mattered. Hundreds of articles about his anxiety, depression, and suicide attempt, marriage and divorce to Ashley Simpson, his kids and so on. The band members remained friends but the world was having too much of Pete Wentz so a change was desperately needed if FOB was going to be remembered as the great band that once was.
Thus, in the same surprising manner as they announced their music break, FOB announced their comeback on February 4, 2013. The band played their first reunion show to a small group of fans at Chicago’s Subterranean club and a day later they hit the stage at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York. Out of nowhere, Fall Out Boy were back together with new gigs planned, and a new album on its way. “Save Rock And Roll” is due to hit mainstream May 7 and to mark the band’s return to the beginnings, a back-to-basics album about the music that saved them, the adventure that brought them where they are today and, obviously about the strong friendship that bounds them to one another.