If statements today from frontman Patrick Stump and bass player/band pin-up Pete Wentz are to believed, platinum-selling Chicago rockers Fall Out Boy may have come to the end of the road, permanently.
Though the band announced a planned hiatus last summer, recent news points to a more final kind of break. On his personal website, Wentz wrote, in part, “As much as i don’t have a solo project, i also can’t predict that i’d ever play in fall out boy again. not due to personal relationships as much as a band we grew apart. in this statement id like to include there is the possibility that fob will play again with out me or i will be a part of it when everyone is on the same page. it is no ones fault and there is no animosity about the decision… i am the single biggest fan of fob and if this is our legacy than so be it. i am proud of it.”
In response, Stump told Spin.com, “I’m not in Fall Out Boy right now, but one way or another, the band will always be around. Steven Tyler isn’t in Aerosmith anymore, but his gravestone will probably say something about Aerosmith. Whether we play again or not, I don’t know. If we do, it will be for the right reasons. If we don’t, it will also be for the right reasons.”
On his own website, Stump posted videos of the solo project he is currently working on, while Wentz has collaborated with Blink 182′s Mark Hoppus on a song for Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice In Wonderland, and drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman are reportedly still at work with the Damned Things, a band they formed in 2008 with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley and bassist David Karon.
For old times’ sake, revisit our 2007 feature on the band, and relive their breakout hit, 2005′s “Sugar We’re Going Down.” Then tell us how you feel about the end of FOB—and the musical future of its four members:
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