Fall Out Boy Marks Album Release With Donation to Boston Marathon Victims
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Normally an album release is cause for celebration. But instead of celebrating, Fall Out Boy has struck a more somber tone, announcing that they'll honor the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
The band announced via their website on Tuesday that they were sending their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the bombing, and that they would donate proceeds from their concert at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA (about 30 miles from Boston) on September 6 to the victims.
“As you guys all know we’ve been beyond excited for today to come and normally this would be a day of celebration with the release of our new album,” the statement read, referencing the new album Save Rock And Roll, which came out Tuesday.
“In light of the events in Boston yesterday we’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and everyone affected. We’ll be donating the proceeds from our upcoming Boston show from the fall tour at Tsongas Arena to the victims. Hopefully these songs will make some people feel better today. We are Americans, this affects us all.”
Fall Out Boy had been meeting practically in secret to record the follow-up to 2008’s Folie a Deux after a nearly three-year hiatus. The band announced its reunion and the new album simultaneously in February. It remains to be seen whether the album will live up to its name, but it does feature notable contributions from Courtney Love, Detroit rapper Big Sean and Elton John.
The first leg of Fall Out Boy’s world tour is nearly sold out, and the band is scheduled kick off the second leg in Connecticut on September 5.