Fall Out Boy FACTS
-Fall Out Boy is from Wilmette, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago)in 2001.
-The name “Fall Out Boy” was chosen when the band asked the crowd in their second show what their name should be and an audience member shouted out “Fallout Boy,” the name of The Simpson’s fictional superhero, Radioactive Man’s sidekick. The band wasn’t even aware that the name was a Simpsons reference.
-Pete Wentz writes most of the band’s lyrics. Patrick Stump was once the primary source of Fall Out Boy’s lyrics, focusing more on his high school experiences, but as Wentz took over that role, Stump focused on writing the music
-The title of the band’s second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree, is a phrase taken from the popular children’s book The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Wentz always liked that Ferdinand didn’t want to fight in the ring, but would rather sit beneath the tree and smell the flowers. He thought that was a good metaphor for life.
-FoB have played numerous secret shows under the name of Saved Latin.
-In 2005, Wentz published a book entitled The Boy With the Thorn In His Side, which is a story based on nightmares he had when he was a child. The title is a reference to a track on The Smiths’ record The Queen is Dead
-In 2007-2008, they played on six continents, and tried to play all seven and get listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The tricky continent was Antarctica, which they planned to play two days after a concert in Santiago, Chile, but weather didn’t cooperate and they couldn’t get there.
-Pete Wentz married singer and actress Ashlee Simpson, the younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson, on May 17, 2008. They had a son, Bronx, together. On February 8, 2011 Simpson filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.”
-They hold the world record for most interviews conducted by a duo in 24 hours (Patrick & Pete)
-They had to get permission from Uma Thurman to name their single after her and Wentz explained how “At lot has changed since Outkast released ‘Rosa Parks’, we might have been able to get away with it under parody law, but we don’t know many lawyers. We do have a ragtag bunch of friends and someone was able to get it right to her and explain the vibe”
-Going back to their early days, the band wanted to raise awareness for blood drives by giving fans a chance to win posters signed with a mixture of the bands blood. Speaking on their decision, Stump said “These disasters don’t last just a year, there are still people living in the aftermath of the tsunami and the aftermath of Katrina. It’s in times of low publicity on blood drives that people really need blood.”
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