Never let it be said that Fall Out Boy aren’t making the absolute, total and complete most they can out of being a successful rock band.
According to FOB’s management company, Crush, on March 25, the band will board a private jet in southern Chile for a 90-minute flight to Antarctica, set up in a gymnasium located on a research facility, rock out for the assembled team of scientists (and probably some penguins), and then enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the only band to play a concert on all seven continents in less than nine months.
That could be just another Tuesday for Pete Wentz and company, but it’s clearly a big deal to the rest of the world — which is why MTV News will be with the band every step of the way to bring you reports from the, uh, coolest (or freezing-est) concert in recent memory. But how did the whole thing come together?
“Well, I was just sitting around and wrote [FOB’s manager] Bob [McLynn] an e-mail saying, ’Let’s be the first band to go to all five continents’ — only he wrote wrote me back, ’There are seven,’ ” Wentz told MTV News. “Since then we have been working on it. Lately it’s kind of gone into overdrive though, because after this flight to Antarctica there really aren’t any other ones we could get on until winter ends. And yes, we’ll be seeing penguins.”
Awesome, we love penguins! Fall Out Boy began their multi-continental trek last summer with a gig in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Europe, Asia, Australia and North America last fall. They’ll play a concert in Santiago, Chile, on March 23, taking care of South America. And then there’s the Antarctica show, which will take place on the Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, a Chilean research base located on the Fildes Peninsula of King George Island. The Frei base is situated near Russian, Chinese and Czech research facilities, and scientists from those facilities will also be attending the FOB concert — which, according to Crush, will feature the band plugging into the gymnasium’s PA system — adding a whole new level of absurdity to the scenario. This certainly outdoes last February’s FOB stunt, Infinity Flight 206 , in which the band played in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on the same day.
Also along for the ride — in addition to us and all those scientists — will be a representative from Guinness (they’re officially called “adjudicators”) to certify that Fall Out Boy does, in fact, play the concert, thereby entering the record book for playing all seven continents in the shortest time span. A spokesperson for Guinness told MTV News that FOB would be the first band in the book for such a feat. That’s not to say they’re the first band ever to play all seven continents — although the spokesperson said they’re the first he’s aware of — just that they did it fastest, and they went through the trouble of contacting Guinness to certify the record.
But the trip isn’t just an attempt to set a record. Fall Out will also be teaming up with Greenpeace for the concert, in the hopes of raising awareness about global warming. From 1987 to 1991, Greenpeace had a permanent research facility on Antarctica, and in 1998, the organization was instrumental in the creation and signing of the Madrid Protocol, which banned all mining and mineral exploitation in the continent, established strict rules to protect its flora and fauna, as well as to limit marine pollution.