By now, you’re probably aware that after they wrap up their tour with [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist], [artist id="1235716"]Fall Out Boy[/artist] are taking a well-deserved break . They’ve got no obligations to fulfill, no videos to shoot, no arenas to pack. Basically, 2010 is gonna be a very mellow year in FOB land.
Unless, of course, they get a call from the Principality of Sealand, that is. Then all bets are off.
“Yo, I want to go to Sealand. … That is the craziest kind of story ever! I wanna play the first fest in Sealand,” FOB bassist Pete Wentz laughed. “The only thing I’m worried about is that the dude may shoot us, and I know we’ll be paid in native currency. We’ll be like, ‘We want 1 million Sealand bucks,’ and he’ll be like, ‘I’ll double it. I’ll give you 2 million,‘ because the dude is just printing them.”
For the uninitiated (which, we’re assuming, is probably 99.8 percent of you), Sealand is a sovereign principality founded on an abandoned British sea fort in 1967 by radio broadcaster and British Army Major Paddy Roy Bates. For more than 40 years, Bates (who calls himself “Prince Roy of Sealand”) has operated the fort as an independent micro-nation, printing currency and passports, surviving forcible takeovers and firing upon any vessel that dares enter his sovereign territory. And since Sealand is located in international waters — 6 miles off the southeast coast of England, outside the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom — the rest of the world has basically allowed Bates to do whatever he wants.
So, obviously, as soon as Wentz heard about Sealand, he decided that Fall Out Boy had to play there, no matter the cost (remember, this is the same guy who dragged his band and an entire camera crew to the southernmost point of Chile in a failed attempt to play a show in Antarctica , just because he wanted to get in the “Guinness Book of World Records”). The only problem is, after FOB’s October 4 show with Blink at Madison Square Garden, they’re basically done for the foreseeable future.
Of course, if Bates were to contact him, that would change in a heartbeat. Wentz promised that he would convince his FOB mates to shelve the hiatus and play their comeback show in the Principality of Sealand. And, yes, he is 100 percent serious about this.
“Of course, we would totally do it,” he said. “As long as passports, safe entry and a lot of Sealand bucks are guaranteed.”