Fall Out Boy headlines 98PXY Jingle Jam
01:47 PM, Nov 25, 2013
98 PXY Jingle Jam
What: Concert featuring Fall Out Boy, Emblem3, Tegan and Sara and more.
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Square.
Tickets: $38 to $75; go to ticketmaster.com.
Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman had some anxiety about stepping back into the spotlight after a four-year hiatus.
He wasn’t sure how the pop-punk band’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, and supporting tour would be received.
“We were very taken aback by the overwhelming positive response and interest because four years in today’s music industry is kind of a long time. It’s easy to be forgotten,” says Trohman, 29, on the phone from his California home.
Fall Out Boy took time away from the spotlight so members could recharge their batteries, spend more time with family and explore side projects, among other things. They return refreshed and with a different sound.
“I think if we had come back and made a record that was us trying to rehash Fall Out Boy 10 years ago, that would have been a couple final nails in the coffin. So making a new record that was future-thinking was very helpful to the future longevity of the band.”
The guitarist’s fears likely subsided after the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and its lead single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” was certified platinum.
To steer clear of rehashing old Fall Out Boy, the quartet which will headline the 98 PXY Jingle Jam Dec. 3 at Blue Cross Arena went for more of a pop sound on its new album. Members Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley and Trohman also recruited Courtney Love, Elton John, Big Sean and Foxes to lend their talent to the new songs.
John had reached out to the band’s management, just to let the quartet know he was a fan.
“I guess that is something that he just does, which is really cool. Keep in mind that this guy has been at it for decades. He doesn’t have to care about newer bands,” says Trohman. “We were very pleasantly surprised. We had no idea Elton John was a fan of the band.”
The bandmates used that as an “in” to ask John to be a part of their new album, which was being made in secrecy. Lead singer Stump flew to Atlanta to record with the music legend.
The band also sat down to rehearse their older material and was able to “shake off the rust” pretty quickly, according to Trohman.
In support of Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy has zig-zagged across the U.S. more than once, and toured Australia and Europe.
They’ve also been hard to miss with performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CMT Crossroads featuring The Band Perry, the TeenNick HALO Awards, Victoria’s Secret fashion show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and more.
The highlight of those appearances for Fall Out Boy probably won’t come as a surprise.
“I think a lot of people in the band definitely enjoyed the Victoria Secret fashion show; that was a visually stunning thing for us to be a part of. … Not only are there these otherworldly beautiful women walking around almost completely nude, but the production is incredible,” says the guitarist.
“It’s really a crazy spectacle, and it’s something that’s so much bigger than us, so the fact that we got to be a part of it was really cool.”
At Jingle Jam, fans can expect a sampling of songs from 2003’s Take This to Your Grave through Save Rock and Roll. Trohman promises the band will bring the same energy fans have come to expect from the band’s live shows.
Fall Out Boy will be touring into next year to support its latest effort, but beyond that, the future is uncertain. Trohman did say he and his bandmates have been consistently writing music this year.
“We’re happy. … We’re just writing music, and when the music speaks to us, we try to do something with it. There are no plans on stopping,” he says.
“And now that we’ve had time away from the band to gain perspective, we’re able to live in the moment more. And that’s really the key to keep doing this band, but it also means we can’t really see too far into the future. … We’ll keep taking it day by day.”