Best Imitation Game: Fall Out Boy Deifies Green Day
Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump briefly went a little Single White Female during the band's loving tribute speech inducting California punk trio Green Day. "I tried to dress like them, I tried to play my dad's music real low like Billie Joe did," he said. "I followed every interview, I watched every TV performance…and the more immersed into the world I got, the more I thought that this band was one of the greatest."
The members of Fall Out Boy took turns trying to define the term "punk" in their speech. Stump bluntly referred to it as "pissing people off," while guitarist Pete Wentz defined it, in part, as having a willingness to buck expectations. "When conventional wisdom demanded another fast rock punk song and instead you put down a stripped-down ballad single that became the go-to prom song for a decade, that was pretty punk rock," he said.
It's a spirit that permeated Green Day's beautifully irreverent acceptance speech, which included bassist Mike Dirnt's shout-out to the Ford Econoline, "the best damn van a smelly touring band can have!"