Happy 30th Birthday, Joseph Mark Trohman!

You make me happy in ways I could never express. Seeing you live was one of the greatest nights of my life and I only wish I could have gotten more pictures of you to cherish. I am so happy for you and your wife for being blessed with the beautiful Ruby. You are hilarious, super intelligent, kind and an amazing guitarist. Not to mention super hot. Thank you for everything you have done for me. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

I owe these 4 dudes (Fall Out Boy) so much and I can only hope they can at least sense my appreciation. Since I was about 16 years old, every day I have spoken to them…or at least the posters of them on my bedroom walls. Every night before I sleep I say the same thing, it’s almost like a prayer.

 I tell them that I love, respect and support them and that I care about them. I tell them that I’m thankful and grateful to have them in my life because I have some of the most amazing memories and have had some of the best, most exciting moments and experiences because of them and that they have led me to meet some of my greatest friends. I tell them that they have made me a better person because they have made me think about the world and the people around me in different ways. I tell them that someday, I want to pay them back but also to pay it forward- to contribute to music for the future generations, the kids out there.. like my niece. I want to be more than just a fan to my musical heroes- I want to be someone they recognise and respect, someone they care about and can call a genuine friend. I tell them that I want to be a part of the music industry, I want to be involved in the process, I’ve wanted to be a part of it since I fell in love them and I’m willing to work hard if they just gave me a chance. I tell them that I can only hope for the best of health and happiness to their friends, families and all of their fans. I tell them goodluck, goodnight and to stay true, to stay themselves and to stay positive, to keep going, to keep pushing themselves and putting their music out there no matter what because I will always be there to support them. And then I tell them that they should be proud of themselves, each other and proud of their work and they should realise how much their music can mean to thousands of others out there. Finally, I tell them that there will always be a place for them in my heart and that my love for them will never fade because I know I wouldn’t be the same person or have had/continue to have the most amazing life without them.

It’s 6 years later and I still feel the same. I tried to write something similar in 2008 when they toured Australia but I hand-wrote the letter- not only was my writing illegible but I got so nervous about giving it to them that I threw up on the piece of paper so then I typed a different letter out and I gave them all copies at the meet & greet but it was nowhere near the same quality. I hope they, or at least one of them still has that letter though.

Folie Ah Dude, by Joseph Trohman.

"For me, and maybe for the rest of us, this was a return to what Fall Out Boy meant to me in the first place. It meant, way back when, 4 piece of shit guys getting together to create music that was exciting to them. And in that, this was the epitomy of playing music. I feel like if that was ever lost, between the incarnation of this band, and what we became, this was us finding "that" again. It made me remember that I actually want to do this for a long long time, and that it was possible to return to the beginning. It may not sound that way, but it sure felt that way."
- Joe Trohman. ‘Believers Never Die’ booklet.