Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho was released in January, but the band isn’t slowing down on the album (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200) at all. “We just filmed a video for ‘Irresistible,’ which is the most insane video we’ve filmed in a long time. Hopefully it will come out good,” Pete Wentz told Billboard backstage at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas this weekend. Any hints? “There’s a lot of makeup involved,” the FOB bassist added.
“I’m really excited to play ‘Irresistible’ because this is our first time playing the new album inside in arenas so it’s going to be a completely different stage show,” Wentz explains. “We went out and saw The Weeknd and saw a bunch of dudes who are taking it to a whole other level, like Michael Jackson in the Pepsi commercial level. So fuck it, we might have to burn Patrick Stump.”
They make no jokes about setting AWOLNation frontman Aaron Bruno on fire, though they do know he won’t be an easy act to follow on stage. “It’s a challenge, but challenge is good. It’s what we always would do when we would go out and open for bands — you try and beat them and steal the crowd. So we appreciate that,” Wentz says.
FOB singer Patrick Stump recalls some of the band’s early crazy days when Fall Out Boy was that opening act. “When we were younger, we just didn’t know anything, we didn’t know what we weren’t supposed to do, so we’d jump off rafters and break things and that was always a hard act to follow and it was all just because we didn’t know any better,” he says. “We were too dumb to know any better.”
“I think I put my foot through the wall at SNL and they’re like, ‘Those are made out of papier mache,’” Wentz says. While that must have felt very rock and roll Stump, says laughing, “The whole set almost fell over.” The execs at SNL apparently were not amused. “We have not been invited back since,” Wentz says.
SNL is not the only place Fall Out Boy have been uninvited. “Banned for life from the Wheaton Community Center,” Stump says proudly. “They were like, ‘One more song.’ And it was in the era when we were like, ‘This guy is saying one more song, what do you think?’” Wentz says. “Now as dads we probably have different stances on this, but a show was always great when it ended with the fire marshal coming in and they’re like, ‘This is literally about to be a riot and you guys have to leave.’”
Wentz likens the band’s early days to Over The Edge, the 1979 movie about teen rebellion run amok that has gone on to become a cult hit for launching Matt Dillon’s career. “That’s what the first three years of Fall Out Boy was, a mobile version of that movie,” he says, referring to the constant chaos that surrounded the band’s shows wherever they went, like in Detroit where the stage collapsed at Warped tour.
Could a homage to Over The Edge be in FOB’s future? “I would love that, and ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ would be awesome,” says Wentz.