Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist/lyricists Pete Wentz of GRAMMY-nominated pop/punk band Fall Out Boy recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Stump and Wentz discussed their new No. 1 album, Save Rock And Roll, and working with producer Butch Walker, among other topics.
"Maybe this particular record is not [going to] save rock and roll, but the idea is to inspire kids [who] are [going to] be like … 'I wanna pick up an instrument. I wanna do that,'" said Wentz. "What would rock and roll be without ambition, craziness, danger, and fun?"
Formed in Wilmette, Ill., in 2001, Fall Out Boy — comprising drummer Andrew Hurley, Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman, and Wentz — released several demos incorporating elements of pop, punk and emo before issuing their full-length debut, 2003's Take This To Your Grave. For their sophomore set, 2005's From Under The Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy signed with Island Def Jam and the album climbed to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 10 hits "Dance, Dance" and "Sugar, We're Goin' Down." That same year the band earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist. Infinity On High was released in 2007 and marked the band's first No. 1 album, featuring their highest-charting single to date with "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race." Following the release of Live In Phoenix and Folie À Deux in 2008, the band went on hiatus.
Released April 15, Save Rock And Roll debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and features guest appearances by artists such as Big Sean, Elton John and Courtney Love. Fall Out Boy kick off a worldwide tour May 14 in Milwaukee, with dates scheduled through August.