The men of Fall Out Boy have made their triumphant return with their first album in five years Save Rock And Roll debuting at #1, kicked off a huge tour with an evolved stadium audience, and hit the exclusive Yahoo! On The Road stage for some of the biggest FOB fans in the country. But things weren't always sweetness and light.
When asked to share some of the shenanigans witnessed during their many years of touring before the show, lead singer Patrick Stump got right to the thorn in all traveling bands' behinds -- literally. And having been on our own Y! tour bus for a bit, the lessons learned ring all too true.
"I have to be delicate in describing: Many people don't know this, but you're not allowed to use the full capacity of the facilities, the bathroom, on a bus," cautioned Stump. Bassist Pete Wentz knowingly laughed.
Stump continued, "One time we had a makeup girl for a photo shoot, and she had to do makeup on the bus. Then she kinda hung around too long and it was weird, but the coup de grâce was that she, yeah, she left a little something in the bathroom. It was really brutal. I mean, it was just a brutal thing to do."
Adding another horror story, Wentz told us, "There was a band we were on tour with where one of the guys would get drunk and he'd be like, 'I don’t care, I'm just gonna [use the full capacity of the facilities] on this bus.' But then he would leave $500 out on the table and be all, 'It's cool, I paid for it!' But everyone still has to sit in the smell of it, it was awful.
Wentz's proceeding metaphor about stealing cars and leaving money behind jogged Stumps memory about a truly unmatchable shenanigan that belonged to a vintage Bobby Brown. "A friend of ours used to work with him and said one time Bobby was staying in his room for just half a night," Stump relayed. "Our friend was checking out the next day and there was a charge for like $17,000 on his room because Bobby bought a yacht, I guess."
$17,000 hotel yacht charge? That's a bit rich for our taste, but kudos to Bobby for the audacity. Although $500 to use the bathroom on Fall Out Boy's tour bus? No doubt some of the fans in Monday night's crowd would've paid for that kind of intimacy with one of biggest pop punk bands in history.
Waiting in line since the wee hours of the morning, the Majestic Theater in downtown Madison, Wisconsin was packed to the gills with dedicated superfans for the intimate (but not that kind of intimate) performance. Fall Out Boy performed everything from classic mainstays to tracks off their latest album, putting on a show that more than justified their place in the rock stratosphere.
Patrick Stump's awe-inspiring voice and showman moves, Pete Wentz's nimble fingers and dizzying spins, plus a leather and jersey ensemble worthy of Kanye, guitarist Joe Trohman's epic 'fro and metal riffs, polished off with Andy Hurley's pummeling beat would leave even the biggest haters scratching their hater chins going, "Well, now I get it."
And it all started with the walls of Jericho... or was it Cherry Coke? In Fall Out Boy's nascency, there was "probably the second song that we wrote that both of us are so embarrassed of and hate more than anything," Stump confessed. "I don’t really remember a lot of the lyrics, but they were so bad because it was almost like each of us testing the other guy. It was 'walls of Jericho' or something, and [Pete] said, 'it kinda sounds like Cherry Coke, it should be Cherry Coke.' But the point is, it was a really terrible song and I'm glad it'll never see the light of day. I happen to know where a copy is, but I'm gonna keep it under lock and key like the Star Wars Holiday Special."
The singer's suppressed memory excavated the terrible song's name: "Nice Myth". And their earliest tours weren't much more encouraging for the band.
"We did a tour with some friends of ours, this band Spitalfield, and almost every day got cancelled. You're in a van and just basically barely making gas money if that," Stump reminisced. "I remember we played a pizza place, but not a pizza place with a stage or anything, just a hole-in-the-wall regular pizza place standing right in front of people while they're eating. We also played some skate park on that tour, but no one was there."
"I think we played on the ramp, or we played on something where people were mad they couldn't skate," added Wentz. "I feel like we needed those moments because I can't imagine how you'd appreciate the other side of things if you've never gone through enough. If there was no struggle, how do you have a good barometer for where you are?"
Fall Out Boy's full set list:
- A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"
- The Phoenix
- This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
- Where Did the Party Go
- Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today
- The Takeover, the Breaks Over
- Alone Together
- What a Catch, Donnie
- Death Valley
- Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
- Sugar, We're Goin Down
- Young Volcanoes
- Dance, Dance
- I Don't Care
- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
- Save Rock And Roll
- Thnks fr th Mmrs
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