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Interview:
Fall Out Boy feels rooted in perpetual change
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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We can safely say that any fears about Fall Out Boy's demise were greatly exaggerated.

It was back in the fall of 2009 that the Chicago-formed quartet announced an open-ended hiatus that many took as a de facto break-up. But it was actually a breaking, lasting less than three years, and since then the group has released two albums -- 2013's "Save Rock and Roll" and this year's "American Beauty/American Psycho," both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- and won a few prizes, including Favorite Alternative Band at this year's American Music Awards.

So at the end of the day, much ado about nothing, right?

"I think there was a honeymoon period after ('Save Rock and Roll') for sure, but that goes away quickly," bassist Pete Wentz says by phone from Los Angeles, where he now resides. "You quickly realize you do it because you love doing the thing, not just because it's fun. I think we got some good perspective on being lucky enough to do this thing a second time around, and everybody kind of appreciates it."

Nearly 11 months after "American Beauty's..." release Wentz says he and his bandmates are still pleased with the eclectic set, which is less guitar-oriented than most of its predecessors and filled with plenty of sonic curve balls -- including "The Munsters" theme-sampling "Uma Thurman" and bits of Suzanne Vega`s "Tom's Diner" in the hit "Centuries."

"This is a record that we made as an experiment, to see whether rock bands could make records the way rappers and DJs do," Wentz, 36, explains. "We made this record on the road, basically. WE made it in hotel rooms, backstage at festivals. It's a travel record, and in that way it's an experiment that we needed. People are onto the next thing so fast these days, we needed to see if we could do a record that reflected that, and I think we did."

Now Fall Out Boy is thinking about what its next thing will be. The group has covered quite a bit of stylistic ground on its two "comeback" albums, and Wentz says that thanks to that he and his mates feel like the door's wide open for anything at this point.

"I think we're an anything but return-to-our-roots kind of band, but that doesn't mean there won't be a return to form at some piont -- It'll just be, like, a stranger version of it if we do," Wentz says. We've always looked to bands like Metallica and the (Rolling) Stones as examples of, like, how to make a record and when you move on to the next thing you kind of leave that other thing behind.

"As much as it keeps informing your new music, that's how you stick around, it seems to me. You don't want to repeat yourself. I used to think that was, like, a cliche, but now I get it."

The 98.7 Kringle Jingle featuring Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Kygo and Nathan Sykes

Tuesday, Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $45-$65.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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