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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz: “We Were Never Supposed To Be Here”

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Rock Sound 12 December 2017 at 10.24

Pete looks back over the history of the FOB.

Fall Out Boy were the first ever inductees in to the Hall Of Fame at the Rock Sound Awards powered by EMP. 

In the magazine we chat to Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump all about the band and the legacy that they have built. Here's a sneak peek:

YOUR INFLUENCE IS SO BROAD NOW THAT BAND YOU'VE INFLUENCED ARE INFLUENCING BANDS TOO! DOES THAT FEEL AMAZING?
Says Pete Wentz: “I mean that’s crazy if that’s the case! You know I’ve had a couple of times where people will be like, ‘Oh, I play drums because of Andy Hurley’ or something and that feels so great, it feels so great in the way that like - and this is the cheesiest or whatever, but if you look at the book it’s kinda good! - I was reading ‘The Little Engine That Could’ book to my three year old the other day and the most important part of that story isn’t the huff and puff that I’ll make it up the hill, that’s only in it for like a second, the most important part of the story to me is that this little engine shows up and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this little shitty thing? This can’t pull you up the hill, this thing sucks, it’s never gone up the hill’ and that’s what means the most about Fall Out Boy – we were never supposed to be here! Like, any of this story is a legend because we’re just a shitty punk band from the suburbs of Chicago! We’re not supposed to be like this.”

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE ACHIEVED SO MUCH WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND IN PATRICK? YOUR CHALK AND CHEESE RELATIONSHIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE APPEAL OF FALL OUT BOY, ARE YOU VERY PROUD?
“Yeah man, when I look over and I see Patrick as who Patrick is now - as a dad and as he gets onstage in front of thirty thousand people - it makes me feel great because I knew that kid when he wore orville socks and shorts and answered the door thinking he was going to play drums in Fall Out Boy, so yeah it makes me feel really great and it also feels… You know, I’m sure it’s great to be like Drake or whatever or solo artists - I know it’s great to be Drake! But it feels great to have a comrade, because so much of it is so strange; you’re like, ‘I don’t know why I’m doing this… German interview!’ To have a few other people there who get it and think it’s just as strange as you, it means a lot.”

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