Astute Fall Out Boy fans have no doubt already picked up on the several subtle (and, well, not-so-subtle) references contained in the new video for “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” including knowing nods to FOB’s early Take This to Your Grave days and blink-and-you’ll-miss ’em cameos by the Antler Boy — the star of their “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” clip — and the Vampire King from the “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ’Touch Me’ ” video.
But nestled deep within all those nostalgic chestnuts is one scene that has fans of both FOB and Avenged Sevenfold all aflutter: a funeral sequence in which Fall Out guitarist Joe Trohman rises from the grave and rips through a white-hot guitar solo atop a casket.
To the untrained eye, it would seem like just another example of over-the-top shred-ocity, but to Avenged fans, it’s clearly a dig at their favorite band’s ultra-maudlin “Seize the Day” clip, which features axeman Synyster Gates performing a casket-top solo (“Avenged Sevenfold Abandon Strippers, Get Somber For ’Seize The Day’ Clip” ). And needless to say, plenty of them are less than pleased.
“It seems blatantly obvious to me that most of the vid is mocking A7X … WTF, losers,” read one angry post on Chapter-Four.net, an Avenged Sevenfold fan site.
“Pathetic. As if I didn’t hate those guys enough. I really wish their 15 minutes would end already,” read another.
Needless to say, the whole thing sort of caught Fall Out Boy by surprise. After all, they see the scene as more of a tribute to former Guns N’ Roses flamethrower Slash’s knee-buckling solo in the epic “November Rain” video. Or at least that’s what they’re saying.
“I’ve never actually seen the Avenged Sevenfold video,” FOB bassist Pete Wentz told MTV News in an e-mail. “We met the guys on the Warped Tour. They have always been really nice every time we met them. That scene is an homage to Slash, for sure. If we were ripping I’d never say we weren’t … it’s not my style.
“We just thought it’d be insane to have Trohman on the lid of a coffin coming out of the ground,” he continued. “It’s pretty much the sweetest thing ever — and definitely the most ridiculous.”
And we kind of believe him, since Wentz — who’s spent much of the past year feuding with both the Killers and the Internet in general — see “Killers, Fall Out Boy Heat Up The Beef Again; Wentz Calls Flowers ’Arch-Nemesis’ “ — has pledged that he’ll live a “beef-free 2007,” and going after Avenged doesn’t seem like a very good way to usher it in.
“Yeah, I’m trying to be beef-free,” Wentz wrote. “There’s been no beef yet. But hey — it’s not even January.”
Fall Out Boy’s new album, Infinity on High, is slated for release in February (see “Who Will Rule The School In ’07? Big Albums Due From Em, 50, Britney, FOB, Weezy” ).