When Gene Simmons said that rock is dead he obviously wasn’t thinking about Fall Out Boy. Their new album American Beauty/American Psycho sold 218,000 copies its first week on shelves, landing them at Number One on the Billboard 200. Fueled by their monster hit “Centuries,” it’s their single best sales week since 2007.
On the day they dropped the album, Fall Out Boy stopped by Rolling Stone headquarters for a video chat. “One of the biggest ideas behind Fall Out Boy is inclusiveness,” said Pete Wentz. “If you’re not included somewhere else, come be in our club because we’re like the Island of Misfit Toys that just didn’t fit in anywhere else.”
When making their new album, a tweet from Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt stayed in their heads. “He said that modern rock music isn’t modern,” said Wentz. “That was a big inspiration for when we were talking with this French DJ sebastiAn about creating something that was like a throwback, but from the future. It’s like modern rock of the future. I’m not sure that’s even what it is, but it is something strange.”
This summer, they are hitting the road with Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen. “I think we’re going to completely redesign the stage show,” says Wentz. “We haven’t really talked through it completely, but we want to do something for the kids on the lawn. I feel like they are sometimes the most energetic kids, but they’re so far away. We wanna figure out something to do for them.”
The tour will be further evidence that rock & roll does indeed have a pulse. “The whole ‘rock is dead’ thing is so silly to me,” says Patrick Stump. “All it is is the passage of time. Rock is still very vibrant and alive as long as you’re looking for the vibe.”
[Video by Alexandra Eaton]