EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 29, 2014

Pete Wentz promises fans the biggest Fall Out Boy show ever

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is thrilled that his band is doing a big summer tour for a lot of reasons.

First, it’s a chance to co-headline with Paramore, a group Wentz said Fall Out Boy fans had for some time wanted to see paired with his band on tour. The co-headline format also means Fall Out Boy will get the chance to win over Paramore fans who aren’t that familiar with Fall Out Boy’s music. And yes, Wentz’s band figures to cash some hefty paychecks for its efforts along the way.

Perhaps the most rewarding feeling for Wentz, however, is seeing his band conclude the U.S. portion of its touring cycle behind its 2013 album, “Saves Rock and Roll,” by playing the largest venues available, aside from the mammoth sports stadiums.

“Being able to get into amphitheaters is great,” Wentz said in an early June teleconference interview with a group of reporters. “I guess we didn’t even have the hope of that when we started this album process.”

That statement might seem like false modesty coming from a member of a band that has known what it’s like to have million-selling albums and play arenas before. But Fall Out Boy’s future was probably that uncertain when the group started this latest chapter in its career.

Fall Out Boy’s career started fast, with two platinum-plus hit albums, 2005’s “From Under the Cork Tree” and 2007’s “Infinity on High.” Then the waters started getting choppy.

The group’s next album, 2009’s “Folie a Deux,” was more musically adventurous and many fans didn’t like what they heard, some even booing the songs when Fall Out Boy played them on tour in support of the album.

Meanwhile, tensions within the band grew on the road, to the point that toward its end, guitarist Patrick Stump proposed and the rest of the band agreed that Fall Out Boy should go on hiatus.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Photos of the Week