“We were definitely anticipating some. I think if you have something in a story that can be criticized in some direction, it will be criticized. There is a vast audience and people in some ways now feel almost like it’s their duty to let their opinions be known, and that’s great. That’s part of the world now.… I know the greater story we are telling and why this fits in, where this fits in. The hard thing about it is you can’t say why. You can’t say exactly why you do some of the turns that you take, because you’ll wind up telling details of the story.
“We know why we do what we do and we know that our intentions are good. We know that we care about our audience.… It makes the challenge for us to win those angry people back with a great story that much more important, that much harder, but that’s the business we’re in.… I do want to do right by this audience. I hope to win back or assuage some of the angst.”
OH MY F**KING GOD. If the writers wanted to win angry people back why haven’t they addressed Beth’s death, Team Delusional are still quite a big community, with one or two people joining each day, yet because of the outrage over the finale they defend themselves. We had a petition with 65865 signatures, we got a brief appearance on GMA and we’ve been theorising for over a year and a half, big celebrities like Kate Nash know about us, but TPTB refuse to acknowledge us or even attempt to shut down our community. @bethgreenewarriorprincess@bethgreeneishopeunseen
All kidding aside, these four dudes from the Chicago suburbs don’t seem surprised by their success, but rather that fans are still listening. The group is less humblebrag, more rock #SquadGoals – you know, if #SquadGoals was a remotely rockstar thing to say.
“We’ve played twice for this president [Barack Obama], which is pretty crazy. That’s pretty wild,” Pete said. “I think the craziest thing is that we’re still playing these things – in a great way – like our songs are still on the radio or in some way relevant to pop culture. It’s pretty humbling to see that.”
Prior to Fall Out Boy’s creation, Pete and guitarist Joe Trohman were both involved with bands in Chicago’s hardcore music scene. They started a side project to the group they were already in, Arma Angelus, and after meeting singer Patrick Stump in a bookstore, the trio formed Fall Out Boy. Drummer Andy Hurley joined them full-time in 2003, the same year FOB dropped their major label debut, From Under the Cork Tree. They took a nearly five-year hiatus following their 2008 album, Folie à Deux, returning with Save Rock and Roll in 2013, which hit No. 1 in the U.S.
The musicians transcended beyond the emo-pop punk pack of the early aughts into a successful mainstream rock band with catchy hooks and soaring choruses in a way that few groups have, which included 19 singles charting on Billboard’s Top 100 and a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2006. Further proof of their meteoric success is their many big-name collaborations, which over the years and albums have included Elton John, Jay Z and Demi Lovato.
Pete admitted to ETonline that the guys labored over what to do when it came time to call Jay Z’s assistant in order to speak to the rapper.
“We debated for like half an hour, ‘How do you ask for Jay Z?’” Pete recalled.
“Yes, is it, Mr. C?” Patrick asked, laughing, as the media mogul’s real name is Shawn Carter.
“We had this big whole plan, and then we call, and he’s like, 'What up, this is Hov.’ And I was like, 'Oh f**k, he answered the phone!’” Pete continued.
Part of the reason Fall Out Boy continues to resonate with their fans is that innocence, as well as their ability to adapt to the musical climate while never straying from their roots.
“I think it’s a really fun time to be an artist right now, because you can literally do anything as long as it’s authentic to you,” Pete said. "I thought that was great when I saw Diplo and Skrillex do a song with Justin Bieber. I was like, 'Oh my god, this is 2015, and I f**king love a Justin Bieber song.’”
You’re not alone, Pete. You’re not alone.
Pete and Patrick sat down with ETonline last year to talk fans and career milestones. Watch the inteview below.