Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy Artistfacts

  • 2001-
    Patrick StumpLead vocals, guitar
    Pete WentzBass, vocals
    Joe Trohman Guitar
    Andy HurleyDrums
  • Fall Out Boy is from Wilmette, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). Formed in 2001, the name "Fall Out Boy" was chosen when the band asked the crowd in their second show what their name should be and an audience member shouted out "Fallout Boy," the name of The Simpson's fictional superhero, Radioactive Man's sidekick. The band wasn't even aware that the name was a Simpsons reference.
  • Pete Wentz writes most of the band's lyrics. Patrick Stump was once the primary source of Fall Out Boy's lyrics, focusing more on his high school experiences, but as Wentz took over that role, Stump focused on writing the music. >>
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    Phill - Columbia, SC
  • Fall Out Boy has toured with multiple bands, including Taking Back Sunday, Less Than Jake, blink-182, Panic! at the Disco, Midtown, Hawthorne Heights, The All-American Rejects, The Academy Is..., The Hush Sound, October Fall, From First to Last, Play Radio Play and Gym Class Heroes.
  • Andy Hurley didn't join the band until after the album Evening Out With Your Girlfriend was released.
  • The title of the band's second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree, is a phrase taken from the popular children's book The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Wentz always liked that Ferdinand didn't want to fight in the ring, but would rather sit beneath the tree and smell the flowers. He thought that was a good metaphor for life.
  • Patrick Stump was born Patrick Martin Stumph. Before joining FOB, he was a drummer in many bands during his school years including Public Display of Infection, grinding process, and Patterson. He comes from a musically inclined family. His father, Dave Stumph, is a folk singer, and his older brother, Kevin, is an accomplished violinist.
  • They have played secret shows under the name of Saved Latin.
  • Joe Trohman is the tallest member of Fall Out Boy, standing 5'10." He is also the youngest.
  • In 2005, Wentz published a book entitled The Boy With the Thorn In His Side, which is a story based on nightmares he had when he was a child. The title is a reference to a track on The Smiths' record The Queen is Dead. He has another book titled Rainy Day Kids."
  • Trohman is a Star Wars fanatic and a video game enthusiast.
  • Stump's guitars of choice are Epiphone and Gibson SGs. Hurley plays C&C Custom drums and Sabian cymbals.
  • Fall Out Boy is the fourth band Andy Hurley has been in with Pete Wentz.
  • "Trohmania" is the name given to Joe's spinning guitar move, often seen during live performances. This name was derived after Joe gave Pete stitches, because while he was spinning, he hit Pete in the face. >>
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    Sara - Austin, TX, for all above
  • Hurley and Wentz were on Peta's Sexiest Vegetarians List for 2006. >>
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    Gabriella - Monterrey, Mexico
  • Wentz runs Clandestine industries, which started as a way to sell a book he wrote that was inspired by his childhood nightmares. By 2005, they were selling clothing, and were so successful doing so that they partnered with DKNY and opened a store in Chicago. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Pete Wentz's clothing line, "Stay Gold" is a reference to Johnny's letter to Ponyboy in the novel The Outsiders. >>
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    Mez - WI
  • In 2007-2008, they played in six continents, and tried to play all seven and get listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The tricky continent was Antarctica, which they planned to play two days after a concert in Santiago, Chile, but weather didn't cooperate and they couldn't get there. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Pete Wentz married singer and actress Ashlee Simpson, the younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson, on May 17, 2008. They had a son, Bronx, together. On February 8, 2011 Simpson filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences."
  • Wentz became a father for the second time when his girlfriend, Meagan Camper, gave birth to Saint Laszlo on August 22, 2014. They explained their son's unique name to People magazine. "I think at some point, the name Saint came up because we thought he'd be a saint if he waited to arrive until his dad was home from tour, and he did," the pair said. "The name suits him."
  • In 2012, after some lean years when the band was inactive, Stump wrote a disheartened missive on his blog, referring to himself as a "has-been" and explaining that his failed solo album was causing him financial and emotional distress. After reading the post, Wentz contacted Stump and they put the band back together, mounting an improbably comeback with their 2013 album Save Rock and Roll, which went to #1 in the US.

Comments: 14

  • Dr. Death Defying from Battery Citytbh we have no choice but to stan
  • Cherann from SeattleI had enjoyed a couple Fall Out Boy songs for 7 years. When I got a music app and listened to a playlist with only Fall Out Boy, they became my new favorite band! My taste in music is very eclectic running from big band, through country, classic rock, a bit of hip hop sprinkled in and some Avenged Sevenfold. 63 years young!
  • Ron from Insbrook Apartment's They didn't get the name from the Simpson's and honestly that's a s--tty way for them to claim it.
  • Geoff from Warren, PaEvening Out With Your Girlfriend was actually a mini-LP, NOT an album.
  • Shadow from Depression, VaActually LISTEN to their songs before trashing. That's all I can say. I have never seen ANY pictures of the band yet I love them. I may be a teenage girl, but I can't stand fangirly stuff. And I have none of that inside of me. FOB is great, so shut up.
  • Sc from Anchorage, AkWow. First of all, if you have Fall Out Boy, then why are you typing comments on their Artistfacts page? Second of all, did you ever think that not everyone is an obsessive Jonas Brothers teenie-bopper? And there is WAY more to being "emo" than the type of music you listen to. Fall Out Boy isn't even "emo", so you should know your facts before you bash such a great band.
  • Joey from North Barrington, IlThank you Isabelle for breaking the mold and proving someone wrong. I wish I knew why people feel inclined to write on a band's comment page if they hate the band though. Oh yeah I'm neither a teenager (as Michael seems to refer to) or a girl, and FOB is one of my favorite bands...they aren't emo, and they have more talent than many other bands out there, people are just too ignorant and self centered to realize that.
  • Isabelle from Stockholm, SwedenOooh, 'Emo' music how scary. Well, since I am 14 and a girl no one'll take me seriously but whatever. I like these guys and their music because of the music. Not because of their looks. Surprising, huh?
  • Michael from Morris County, Nji hate fall out boy nad the whole emo music scene. its so whiny and are only popular because of a bunch of teenange girls who don't know what music is and listen to them because they find them attractive
  • Lola from Ft. Collins, CoWhen I met them, I asked them why they wrote such deep lyrics, and they said there songs arn't really that deep... they just end up turning out that way. It was totally unintentional.
  • Dominique from --, Nythis is a good band...pete is so cute! i just think that they should never change...they're awsome the was they are now...
  • Colleen from Mankato, MnDamn, the tallest guy in the band is 5'10"???? those guys are short!
  • Anna from Paris, Txfall out boy is a good band, and while i have to agree that pete is hott... so is joe!! ahh! lol, i just think they are a good rock band, and thats all they need to be.
  • Sally from Wheeling, Wvpete wentz is hott!
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