Fall Out Boy are breaking out the Wild Thing on their fall tour — but they're leaving Tone-Loc at home (and Charlie Sheen, a.k.a. "Major League" pitcher Rick Vaughn, too).
Rather, their upcoming arena tour — with Gym Class Heroes, the Plain White T's and Cute Is What We Aim For — will be influenced not only by Maurice Sendak's classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" but also the new breed of Hollywood Wild Things — the Lindsays, Britneys and Parises of the world.
Yeah, we don't understand it either. But FOB bassist Pete Wentz insists it all makes sense.
" 'Where the Wild Things Are' is a great narrative," he told MTV News. "It encapsulates pretty much every FOB song ever written: You know, tantrums and monster islands and all. And it's kind of a takeoff on the idea of young wild things wearing Dior ankle-monitoring bracelets."
The tour, which will go by the handle the "Young Wild Things Tour," will kick off October 18 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio and crisscross the country until December 2. The full itinerary will be announced shortly through FOB's Web site, FallOutBoyRock.com.
Though Wentz isn't exactly sure how Sendak's images will be incorporated into the band's stage show, he did say that artist Rob Dobi will be lending a helping hand. And, though it seems rather clichéd to say, Wentz is fulfilling a lifelong dream to launch a tour under the Sendak banner.
"When I was a kid, I wanted to be ['Wild Things' pint-size protagonist] Max when I grew up, which was insane because he was another kid," he said. "I think every parent should read this story to their kid. ... I'm so excited to see [Spike Jonze's upcoming] adaptation of the book. I've only seen one picture but it was stunning. The movie is a long time coming."
Of course, it wouldn't be a Fall Out Boy story if there weren't at least one genuinely baffling moment. This one comes in the form of a potential opening act for the tour: frog-voiced, impeccably postured Internet celebrity Tay Zonday, he of "Chocolate Rain" fame (see " 'Chocolate Rain' Creator Talks Of Life Beyond His 15 Minutes Of Fame").
"I just think him and [FOB frontman] Patrick [Stump] doing a duet would be sweet," Wentz laughed. "Kind of like neither one of these dudes' bodies fit their voices, and it's awesome."
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