Last month, the pop-punk band Fall Out Boy was resurrected.
More than three years ago, the band went on an indefinite hiatus. While the members – Patrick Stump (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar), Pete Wentz (bass, backing vocals, lyricist), Andy Hurley (percussionist) and Joe Trohman (lead guitarist) – went on separate musical ventures, most fans held on to the slogan “believers never die” and hoped for a reunion. However, Fall Out Boy’s return is anything but a “reunion.”
“The future of fall out boy starts now #saverockandroll,” the band tweeted. Their message is reiterated on the band’s website, “When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. It’s why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place. This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of fall out boy starts now. Save rock and roll.”
Clearly the boys are serious about creating brand new music. Their new single,“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” off of their new album titled “Save Rock and Roll,” was released Feb. 4, along with all of the announcements.
To the surprise (and, for some, dismay) of fans, the music video for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” featured rapper 2 Chainz. Although Fall Out Boy has a history of working with emcees, no one quite expected this.
Wentz, commenting on the fans’ reaction in an interview with MTV, said, “The stuff we were doing was so crazy, it was like disbelief. It was like, ‘Nah. Definitely they’re gonna be playing on a TV show, but not [working with] rappers.’ ” Wentz added that there will definitely be “further creative collaborations,” some with 2 Chainz as well.
So how much longer will fans have to wait to hear their beloved band again? Not as long as originally planned. “Save Rock And Roll” was scheduled to release May 6/7. The date has since been moved to April 15/16. Fans can rejoice over a closer release date of new music for now, but starting May 14, those lucky enough to get tickets will be screaming the lyrics to Fall Out Boy’s old hits as well as the new ones on their Save Rock and Roll tour.
The band will be at the Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls on May 28. Unfortunately, if you haven’t already scooped up tickets, they are sold out. It is rumored all tickets were gone within three minutes.
Fans have high expectations for Fall Out Boy, and there is no doubt that the band will supply the demand. Believers never die.
Hannah Gordon is a senior at Immaculata Academy.