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Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump: “I Really Was Totally Oblivious That Anyone Wanted Us Anymore”

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Rock Sound 14 December 2017 at 16.56

Patrick deals out the honesty on FOB's hiatus.

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“Well, it was weird because one of the things is that you’re in a bubble - when you’re in a band, you’re not in reality. You don’t always understand what reality is. You have a very skewed reality so it means that when things are going good it feels even better because everybody’s acting like it’s the best thing ever. When things are going bad everyone’s acting like it’s the worst thing that ever happened ever, so legitimately I went into the break thinking that Fall Out Boy was totally done and that no one liked us and we were worthless.

I thought that was where public perception was of Fall Out Boy. So when I went in to do my solo thing, I thought I was nobody. I didn’t feel any responsibility to Fall Out Boy fans because I didn’t think there were any anymore. 

So I went in to my solo thing thinking that I could do whatever because no one was going to call me on it because no one knew who I was - and I was so wrong! I’d get to venues and the audience is asking for Fall Out Boy songs or I’d get to venues and the booking agent has been expecting this many people to show up because they thought I was Fall Out Boy. I really was totally oblivious that anyone wanted us anymore.

You know the thing that I have to remember to contextualize it is we had done the Blink reunion tour and we were main support, we’d picked up a bunch of dates that were supposed to be Weezer dates so people had bought tickets thinking they were going to see Blink-182 and Weezer. I understand this now, but at the time I didn’t really put two and two together.

So we would be playing the shows and people in the front row were probably there to have seen Weezer. So then they get Fall Out Boy instead and there were lots of boos and heckles. You would say, ‘Oh, we’re going to play a new song’ and people would be like ‘Booooo!’ or whatever and I took that so personally and so hard, I was just like, ‘ Oh, so everyone hates us now!’ which is obviously not true.

When someone goes to see their favourite band and they get a different band, that’s going to be a tough spot you know? So yeah going into that break I had no hint of a clue that people missed us.”

“Well the thing that was really funny was that we didn’t know that anyone wanted it still. I think Pete had some feeling. He was like, ‘Now’s the time, we’ve got to do this’. I think he had some inclination that people wanted to hear us. I certainly didn’t. All I was thinking was the four of us like each other again and we like playing together again. I think when we left on ‘Folie A Deux’ we kind of left with our tail between our legs you know?

Like I said, I kind of took it so hard and so personally that I definitely crawled away whimpering as an artist - and I think that really disappointed me in myself that I did that. So I was like, ‘All I want to do, my only goal with this record, is to tie up Fall Out Boy the right way. If this is it, if we break up or no one ever cares or whatever, I want to go out on a record that we all think is great and that we all liked playing together’. 

Because that’s the thing -with ‘Folie’ there was this kind of contentious back and forth. It was very difficult record to make, so I wanted to make something we all liked and that we all enjoyed - that was really my goal with that. So he had this fear that, ‘I want people to love this’, whereas it was already a success to me because all I wanted was to make something and not hate each other! So by the time we finished making the record, it was already a success to me, in that regard.”

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