A few questions for Pete Wentz about the latest tour from the all-grown-up Fall Out Boy, coming to Mandalay Bay in August.
It’s been 10 years since Fall Out Boy struck gold with their major-label debut, and now they’re celebrating the release of their sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho, by hitting the road with rapper Wiz Khalifa. We checked in with Pete Wentz, the band’s bassist and lyricist, just days before the Boys of Zummer Tour’s official kickoff.
You’ve described this album as different from your previous ones. How so? We made the overnight version of a Fall Out Boy record, the one that happens right away. We wrote and recorded this album when we were on the road, so it’s more of a travel record than anything else.
Based on the album’s title alone, film must be a strong influence on Fall Out Boy’s music. Movies are what we agree on, and Fall Out Boy songs are really visual, almost as though the music is supposed to accompany something visual.
You were only 25 when From Under the Cork Tree was released. How does it feel to have those formative years cataloged? It’s like when people look at old photographs and they’re like, Oh man, I can’t believe I wore that outfit. I get to hear the musical equivalent of that, but I don’t listen to a lot of music from our past. It’s hard to hear things you wish you’d done differently.
Wiz Khalifa isn’t the first musician we’d expect you to tour with. I think Wiz has more of a punk-rock ethos than people know, and there’s so much to Fall Out Boy’s history that I attribute to hip-hop. The two of us coming together makes more sense than most people might think. August 7. Mandalay Bay Events Center, 877-632-7400