Fall Out Boy swore they weren’t breaking up back in 2009, calling their parting of ways an “indefinite hiatus.” Well, they stuck to their word, because on Monday (February 4) the group announced details of their upcoming fifth studio album and a reunion tour that will kick off in their hometown of Chicago.
Their bombastic comeback single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ’Em Up),” hit iTunes on Monday and their fifth full-length album, Save Rock And Roll, is due out on May 7. The boys are wasting no time in celebrating their get back, with an intimate show Chicago on Monday night at Subterranean, followed by another in New York on Tuesday at Webster Hall Studio and a third in Los Angeles on Thursday at the Roxy.
Similar small venue shows will follow in London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne.
With a call back to one of the most infamous music moments in Chicago history, Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley announced their reunification with a photo of them huddled around a bonfire, tossing copies of their back catalog into the flames.
“When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music,” FOB said in a statement announcing the album and tour. “It’s why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place. This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save Rock And Roll…”
The new album will drop on the 10th anniversary of the release of their 2003 debut, Take This To Your Grave, and will mark their first disc of new material since December 2008’s Folie A Deux.
The news of the band’s hiatus set off a wave of panic among FOB fans back in 2009, prompting Wentz to sit down with MTV News to clarify the exaggerated news of their early demise.
“It’s weird because, if you look it up in the dictionary, ’hiatus’ is a synonym for ’a break.’ We’re on a break that doesn’t have a definite ending. There’s no ending date,” Wentz said. “We’ve been doing this for eight years straight, where it was pre-recording, record, promo, tour, tour, pre-recording, record, tour, tour, and our band was going to imminently implode … I don’t think I would use the word ’hiatus’ because I think that word has gotten a dirty name, especially if you say ’indefinite hiatus,’ … I wouldn’t use the word ’breakup’ because that’s not true. It’s a break — we’re decompressing. I’m making a new term for it: we’re decompressing right now.”
During their decompression, singer Stump released his R&B-influenced solo album, 2011’s Soul Punk, and Wentz formed the electropop project Black Cards, which played a number of shows, but failed to release an album before the departure of singer Bebe Rexha. Guitarist Trohman and drummer Hurley formed the hardcore supergroup, The Damned Things, with Anthrax members Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano and Every Time I Die’s Josh Newton and Keith Buckley, releasing their debut, Ironiclast, in 2010.
The Save Rock And Roll tour dates:
» 5/14 — Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
» 5/16 — Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
» 5/17 — Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
» 5/21 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
» 5/22 — Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
» 5/24 — Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
» 5/25 — Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
» 5/26 — Boston, MA @ HOB
» 5/28 — Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapid Theatre
» 5/29 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5
» 5/30 — Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
» 5/31 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
» 6/1 — Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
» 6/2 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
» 6/4 — Orlando, FL @ HOB
» 6/5 — Miami, FL @ Fillmore
» 6/7 — Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
» 6/8 — Dallas, TX @ Palladium
» 6/9 — Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
» 6/11 — Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
» 6/13 — Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
» 6/15 — Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
» 6/16 — San Francisco, CA @ Fox Theater
» 6/18 — Portland, OR @ Roseland
» 6/19 — Seattle, WA @ Sodo
» 6/20 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
» 6/22 — Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
» 6/23 — Denver, CO @ Ogden
» 6/25 — Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
» 6/26 — Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
» 6/28 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
» 6/29 — Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
» 6/20 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
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