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Fall Out boy finds good match in Wiz Khalifa for summer tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Alternative rockers Fall Out Boy and rapper Wiz Khalifa may seem like strange musical bedfellows on paper.

But the Chicago-formed band feels Khalifa is as appropriate as its last summer touring partner, Paramore.

"It happened in an organic way," bassist Pete Wentz says of the pairing by phone from his home in Los Angeles. "We realized we needed to find a partner that understand what we do but doesn't do exactly what we do. Last summer we definitely had that in Paramore, and I think Wiz was interested because he's a lot more punk rock than people probably know. And I think hip-hop has informed Fall Out boy's music more than gets talked about. We're not rappers, but its still in our DNA."

Frontman Patrick Stump, meanwhile, acknowledges that the pairing "seems a little weird on the face of it, but I think both of us, as artists, have made no secret of our interest in stepping outside the line. That doesn't mean I'm going to be rapping, though."

Fall Out Boy has, in fact, worked with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West, and, on its new album "American Beauty/American Psycho," with Detroit`s Big Sean on "The Mighty Fall." It recorded a remix of the "American Beauty" single "Uma Thurman" with Khalifa, who's joining Fall Out Boy on stage for the song as well. "It`d be a missed opportunity if we didn't get out and do something together on stage, y'know?" notes Wentz, 36.

The tour is also giving Fall Out Boy a chance to give a live airing to "American Beauty...," which came out during mid-January and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's one of the quartet's most diverse sets, blending its punk rock energy with club grooves, polished R&B/pop hooks and hip-hop production effects, as well as more guest appearances by the likes of Elton John and Courtney Love and a sample of "The Munsters" TV show theme for "Uma Thurman."

"You really don't want to just relive the past," says Stump, 31. "You really don't want to just relive the past. You don't want to chase what's happening right now. You don't want to put out those records where it's like just trying to update your sound to today, because that always just fails.

"So the question this was really just 'What's next?' and hopefully it sounds like us trying to find the new and different."

Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama

7 p.m. Friday, July 10.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are $49.75-$69.75 pavilion, $29 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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