The performance kicked off with Patrick Stump on lead guitar and drummer Andy Hurley playing the opening riffs while bassist Pete Wentz slowly made his way toward the stage, leading a pack of emo-haired doppelgängers who ultimately formed the mosh pit.
Fall Out Boy’s performance was taped before — but broadcast after — Trohman revealed in a statement that he would take a hiatus from the band. The announcement also came just hours after the group shared that their new album So Much (For) Stardust would arrive March 24; Trohman previously missed Fall Out Boy’s Jan. 14 webcast concert in Los Angeles without explanation.
“Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years,” Trohman said. “So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”
It’s unclear how long Trohman will be away from Fall Out Boy, but he pledged to return to the band. “So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent,” he wrote. “In the meantime, I must recover which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary, decision.”
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In an interview with Rolling Stone last fall, Trohman — Fall Out Boy’s lead guitarist since their founding in 2001 — opened up about abusing opioids in pill form at the band’s peak and previous hiatus. “I hid it well from a lot of people until it got really bad,” he said. “I was taking pill-form heroin, but not seeing it as that. I was not being very smart with my youth and I was wasting it away, trying to quell these illogical obsessive thoughts with drugs that honestly didn’t seem that harmful because they were made in a laboratory and came in a prescription bottle.”
The three-piece Fall Out Boy currently have no tour dates scheduled in support of So Much (For) Stardust.