If you’re a band on the Warped Tour, there’s a very good chance that your daily schedule breaks down something like this: 30 minutes of actual stage time and 23.5 hours of free time. And while eating and sleeping can take up large portions of the day, there’s still a need for other activities to fill the time between gigs.
Basketball, skateboarding and playing video games are popular distractions. So are intra-band prank wars, fighting off heat stroke and smoking about a billion cigarettes. Frequently these activities are done simultaneously. And often, the participants are shirtless (see “Warped Tour ’05: Backstage at the Punk Rock Circus”).
Fall Out Boy are a little bit different. While their Warped days do consist of a good bit of screwing around, they’re using their free time to write new songs and make further plans for world domination. Also, they’re usually wearing shirts.
“Yeah, I’ve been writing a bunch of new stuff, but it’s all secret,” Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump said. “In fact, I may or may not have been writing stuff this entire interview.”
OK then. Aside from impromptu songwriting, the guys have also been making plans for a rather unique guerrilla-style assembly hall tour, which is about as far removed from their upcoming headlining slot on the Nintendo Fusion tour as the band can get (see “Fall Out Boy Making Their Own Magic On Fall Headlining Tour” ).
“It’s something we’ve always wanted to do as a band, just a quick jaunt through VFW halls and venues like that. We’d announce the show the night before or maybe play under some secret names,” bassist Pete Wentz said. “And we thought it would be cool because we don’t feel like any band has gotten to a certain size and still gone on a VFW hall tour. So we’d like to play a couple of dates on the East Coast. Watch out for it.”
The VFW tour is just one of several nostalgia-fueled ideas the band has kicking around at the moment. Fall Out Boy have also been making plans to play a New Year’s Eve acoustic show, a throwback to their early days when they’d perform unplugged at the apartment they once shared. It’s a common theme for the band these days: growing in popularity while desperately longing for a return to their days as unknowns (see “Fall Out Boy Avoid Falling-Out By Making Friendship Top Priority”).
“I totally miss all that stuff. Touring in a van, playing small shows — those end up being the coolest times,” Wentz said. “Sure, they were terrible at the time, and we slept on a lot of floors next to a lot of cat poop. But when you think about them, they were what brought everybody together. They were like adventures.”
“Things were way more fun because it was more dangerous. You didn’t know if you had a place to sleep,” drummer Andy Hurley added. “Now the only decision we have to make is which pool of money to sleep in. And that’s not really that fun.”
They have been making other decisions — honest — including just what to do about the video for their second single, “Dance, Dance.” As previously reported, the band were taking inspiration from R. Kelly’s overwrought opus “Trapped in the Closet” (see “Fall Out Boy Demand R. Kelly Finish ’Trapped In The Closet” ), but it looks like plans have changed a bit in recent days — which might have more than a little to do with having 23 and a half hours on your hands.
“OK, I can say some more about the video. I got a new analogy for you about it. It’s like R. Kelly’s ’Trapped in the Closet,’ meets Nirvana’s ’Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ” Wentz laughed. “But with the prologue and epilogue still taking place on the Internet. And I’m being completely serious. Wrap your mind around that.”