Fall Out Boy Watched Obama's Inauguration From The Trees

The band was too late to make it into the ceremony, so they got creative.

[artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy[/artist] may have performed at President Obama's official Youth Ball, but that didn't guarantee them seats at his inauguration. Though they all had tickets, they ended up watching it like just like the rest of us. From very far away.

"We tried to go. We had tickets but couldn't make it there in time, because they blocked everything off," frontman Patrick Stump told MTV News after finishing up their set. "It didn't matter, though. That was one of the best days in American history, and we got to be around for it."

So, shut off from their seats, the guys in FOB made like members of the great unticketed masses and got resourceful: They took to the trees for a (relatively) unobstructed view.

"I watched half of it from a tree on the JumboTron, and my wife [Ashlee Simpson, just in case anyone didn't know] played the oath and we listened to it," bassist Pete Wentz laughed. "She put the phone up to the TV, and we heard it. That's how we got sound. So, shout out to my wife for doing that."

And despite their lack of VIP treatment during the inauguration, the rest of FOB's day — which included not just the gig (where they managed to work a bit of [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist]' "Womanizer" into a version of their hit "I Don't Care") but also a meeting with President Obama himself — played out like it was scripted in Hollywood.

"It felt like the movies, man. You always see those moments in movies," Stump smiled. "We got to be in D.C. for this, and we got to meet [Obama], and we got to play this. It's an awesome day. It just felt perfect, everything was right."

Watch "Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural" online now, and come back Thursday for the full performances from Kanye West, Kid Rock and Fall Out Boy. Stick with us for wall-to-wall coverage of the inauguration and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya.