We've been doing this band for 13, 14 whatever years. I think that challenging ourselves to do new things is important. It's hard to find new things sometimes, you know? People said this tour was going to be polarizing, but we're doing bigger numbers than we've done before, you know? I think it's probably tapping into different kids or something.
Some new certifications for Fall Out Boy: "Centuries" is now 3x platinum, while both "Immortals" and "Uma Thurman" went gold. Also, "Uma Thurman" is climbing the hot 100 (#44 for now) and American Beauty/American Psycho (number five on our mid-year list) is the tenth best-selling album in the country so far with 813k equivalent copies sold (for sales only, it's the eighth best-selling, with 478k).
Boys: always take the high road, even when the low road seems easier or simpler. Let your kindness radiate and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Be yourself when it is not popular to be. Love your friends not in spite of their flaws but because of them. Bronx, I remember once asking you what your favorite color was and you said, “Red, black and the color of lightning.” Never let the world take away your creativity and divergent thinking. Be the color of lighting, be wild, and always laugh a lot. Never forget who you are.
Our good friend Gunz recently spoke with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy on The Gunz Show about the tenth anniversary of From Under The Cork Tree; they also spoke about how Fall Out Boy has changed over the years. You can listen here.
Tumblr is announcing today the launch of "Answer Time" – a new live Q&A platform that will connect creative personalities with their fans. Fall Out Boy will be participating on June 8th at 3pm EST. The full press release is in the replies.
I was contacted by Rob Stevenson, who was [Fall Out Boy’s] A&R guy at Island Records. Basically he told me he had this band, Fall Out Boy, and I don't believe I had specifically heard of them. He was very excited about me being involved in the record and said he thought I’d be a perfect fit and could he send me some demos from the upcoming record, which he did. They probably were on CDs at that point. I don't remember how many he sent me—maybe five, a handful—and my initial reaction was that I was not interested in doing the record. I just felt like the songs weren’t that...
For us, we always were amazed at how serious rock bands took themselves. We were always back in our hotel rooms laughing, because this is the best job in the world. I mean, you can take your art seriously, but you should never take yourself too seriously. So I think we also had a blessing, going away for three years. It was great for our band, because when we came back, we knew. In reality, it was three years, but it was more like six years because the Internet moves so fast. So we knew that sonically, we had to change, had to make something that reflected that. So you had to understand that the world had moved on, but at the...
The boys performed “Thanks For The Memories,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Centuries,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” and closed out with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” with a sprinkling of “Uma Thurman” at the end.
Hit the replies for a 22 minute video with JR Rotem as he talks about writing "Centuries" with Fall Out Boy. He walks through the process, goes over the sound files, and goes really indepth. Really interesting watch.
Due to a medical emergency, and subsequently needing emergency back surgery, I will not be able to perform with the band at the Houston rodeo show tonight. Sorry to everyone coming out. If all goes well, I should make a really fast recovery. Thanks for understanding. - Joe
VH1 announced its official kickoff to Super Bowl weekend with a special concert salute to the armed forces at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. This year VH1 and Papa John’s are teaming up to bring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX to headline the “VH1 + Papa John’s Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops” with host Nick Lachey. The concert will kick off live on Friday, January 30th at 9PM* on VH1.
I think at some point, everything about it’s the art and the expectation becomes — you know people expect a certain thing all time, and you’ve gotta sorta challenge that as an artist. But it’s not like, Now there will never be a long song title. When someone becomes more a fan of the song titles than the songs, it’s a problem.
Fall Out Boy has returned to the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 for the first time in eight years. "Centuries" has hit the charts at #10, the band's first top 10 hit since "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race."
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy flies into the Hot 100's top 10 with "Centuries" from the Billboard 200's new leading album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The track is the band's first Hot 100 top 10 since 2007.
MTV sat down to talk with Jake Karlen, also known as the kid on the cover of Fall Out Boy's American Beauty/American Psycho.
I didn’t know the band at first, and then the photographer told me [the shoot was for] Fall Out Boy. I knew their name but not their music so well. After working with Pete [Wentz] and seeing how he works with the cover and all the details he wants from it I know the details are important to him, so I went and listened to their music, and I love it.
Hit the replies to watch some videos from Shazam with Fall Out Boy talking about their new album, some of the meanings behind the songs, and more. I didn't know that "Novocaine" was cut from Save Rock and Roll.