Exclusive Interview with Fall Out Boy: On E-Street Band, Slash, Joan Jett and AP Music Awards

Thursday, July 17: 1:44 p.m.
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Fall Out Boy performs at the 2014 Bunbury Music Festival

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Right Here, Right Now exhibit celebrates today’s most popular music artists. Right Here, Right Now takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts as told through their personal items and clothing from iconic performances. The exhibit features thought-provoking text panels and interactive displays where visitors can see and hear how these contemporary artists have made an impact during the new millennium.

We made a trip to the 2014 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati to talk with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz about having artifacts from the Young Blood Chronicles video series on display, their influences, the Alternative Press Awards and what's next for the Chicago band.

On filming the Young Blood Chronicles:

Pete Wentz- "Putting together the whole Young Blood Chronicles was pretty insane. The way that it sounds like a good idea to do, or simple idea to do, like an 11 video narrative story; but it was much more complex than we thought, and took about nine months or a year to do."

Patrick Stump- "Yeah, and it's pretty funny. Over the cores of nine months; it's not like it took us nine months to shoot it, it was that, you do three videos in one sitting, and then, whatever; tour for a couple months and then come back, do another batch of them. So continuity was a really crazy thing; having to try and remember, you're like 'where am I in this scene,' you know, that thing. It was quite a feat. And that was just one element; I mean there were so many things. Trying to mobilize that many people to get it together and everything, it was crazy."

On working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Elton John:

Patrick Stump- "I mean, I think the more pro the person is that you're working with the less of a session it really is; and Elton was like that, where, you know, he came in ready to go. And we were basically told he was going to be there for, 'Well he's going to be here for two hours exactly, so you have him for two hours,' And we ended up hanging out and talking a little bit longer than that. But basically when he showed up at 11 am, or whatever, he was ready to go. He walks in, well first he says 'hi 'and whatever, you know, meets everybody. But then he walks in the vocal booth, and we press record and we start going, he knew the part; he knew what he was doing. So it was very smooth, but it was also really crazy to be in a position to have to tell Elton John how to sing, what to sing, and that kind of thing. It was a little intimidating, but he was great, and very easy to work with. "

What's it like knowing your featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland?

Patrick Stump- "I feel like we're always waiting for someone to figure it out, and the jig to just be up. You know, like when we play these big venues, or when we get to go to these award shows, or we have some of our artifacts in the Hall of Fame, or whatever, like, you kind of think to your self like, 'yeah, like this is like a “Banksy” (graffiti artist) thing,' where someone just hung up a scribble in a art museum isn't it, you know."

Pete Wentz- "To me it feels like, I don't know, like it's humbling in some way. Because somewhere someone decided to include you with that, you know; and it's cool because those are all, obviously, colossal artists that we looked up and have continued to look up to, and some of those are artists, like the reason any of us in this band started playing instruments. So, I don't know, it's a big honor, you know, like it's a big deal."

Were you influenced by any 2014 Rock Hall Inductees?

Pete Wentz- "Cat Stevens is one that early on my parents used to play for me; and then I followed a lot of his stuff when he switched his name to Yusuf Islam, and stuff. I didn't really like know about. It was interesting, when I got older, and learning about when he first came over and stuff. I didn't really like know that there was such, like a boy band element to it, or whatever, which was really cool. But in general though a couple of the artists."

Patrick Stump- "I was going to say the E-Street Band is the huge influence. I mean there is a lot of things, in the way that, I think for a band like us, we had a very strange transition from being a little basement band, you know, and playing community centers and that kind of thing; into playing amphitheaters and that kind of thing, which is just crazy. It's hard to really understand, and I feel like, somebody like the E-Street Band figured out how to do it in a way that you always felt like you were in the basement with them. But they could take their show anywhere, you know, and, I don't know, it still feels intimate. You wouldn't feel band seeing them with 100,000 people or 10 people. You know, it still feels like, that you're right on stage with them and I think that's something that we strive for."

What does it mean to be honored at the 2014 Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland?

Pete Wentz- "I think that it's, again, it's one of those things where it's cool to see the peer group that people consider you in. Whether, whatever awards we've been nominated for. At the same time, like, we've never done this band to, you know, fill trophy cases, or anything like that. I think it's really cool to be acknowledged, and to be acknowledged by a magazine that we've grown up with, you know; and it supported our band really early on. Yea, it's cool to be able to go and get drunk at an awards show and see who else is going to win awards, and hopefully run into, like, Billy Corgan and stuff like that. But, I don't know, I think that music and art is such a weird thing. It's cool to be honored for the thing you do. I think it's cool for us to be recognized by our community, and it's cool for us be able to acknowledge our fans and our fan base; cause they're the people who go out and vote for these awards, and that really makes us appreciate it. But in general, we've never been a big awards band, like I don't know, we get nominated sometimes, but I don't really know. But it's a big deal that there is a bunch of fan voted awards, that's like the best part of it to me."

Other Rock Hall Inductees and/or AP Award honorees who've influenced you?

Pete Wentz- "I mean, I think in general, it’s hard to come up in the rock scene in Chicago, and not have been touched by the Smashing Pumpkins legacy and Billy. We happen to cross paths with him a couple times, and he has always been really nice to us, and then to me personally. But I'm sure other guys in the band; like Slash is the first guitarist to me when I was like, 'Oh the Slash solo,' you know, like, you always remember, like, a vocal part, a lyric or something like that. I just remembered through Guns 'N Roses there was a bunch of times where I was like, 'Oh yeah, and the solo from that song,' or like in November Rain there are two epic solos."

Patrick Stump- "And then Joan Jett, I think she's amazing because, first off, there's not a lot of like female guitarists that get afforded the space in rock history where you don't, it's almost insane to think of her as a female guitarist, she's just a guitarist, she's just a player, she's just a singer, like you don't really even think of it. And I think that's something, that's kind of credit to how awesome she is; and how huge her impact was. The way she kicked in the doors, you know, that like; you just, it's all secondary. And it's a thing that like, unfortunately, even in this conversation I have to bring it up. But like it was so important that she was able to do that, you know, I mean she still kicks ass; she's still bad-ass."

What's next for Fall Out Boy?

Pete Wentz- "So with Fall Out Boy, currently we're focused on the Save Rock and Roll album and album cycle; so we'll finish off this tour in the U.S. with Paramore. And then we head to South Africa to do the last Save Rock and Roll live shows. And then I don't know, I don't really know what the future holds. I think that a couple of times we've been taken out of context, and saying that we were like working on music or not working on music, Music is in the conversation, it's like art, you do it all the time, but it's like sometimes it's just a scribble in your notebook and it doesn’t really matter, and other times, you're like actually working on an oil painting or something. And I would say that we're more at the 'scribbles in the notebook' point."

Patrick Stump- "Yeah, that's a great comparison. I feel like any painter is probably painting everyday, but that doesn’t mean you're going to see any of those paintings any time soon. Because, like, half the time they get half way through it, and then paint over them and whatever, or throw it out. Just because we're working everyday, that doesn’t mean we have a record anytime soon."

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