Fall Out Boy, R.I.P.?

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 02/03/2010, 04:13pm

Suburban-bred pop-punk heroes and guyliner champions Fall Out Boy, the most successful band to spring from the Chicago rock scene into the national pop spotlight since the Smashing Pumpkins during the alternative heyday of the early ’90s, may be extending the hiatus they announced last summer into a permanent break.

Fittingly for the generation for whom they spoke, news of the split originated with bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz’s semi-coherent posts on Twitter:

man. dont you get it? a hiatus is forever until you get lonely or old. i dont plan on either.

cant imagine playing in fob again. something would have to change in my head or my heart- not my wallet. itd have to be real

didnt want you to hang on a string, same time if it happens dont want to feel like a liar. it might happen w/ out me. oh well.

would you rather me lie to you through a publicist?

i want today to be over right now. theres nothing like applying 14 yr old emotions to 30 year old logic. its a tragically angst-y ending.

Meanwhile, in a more comprehensible statement to Spin.com, singer Patrick Stump said, “I’m not in Fall Out Boy right now. Whether we play again or not, I don’t know. If we do, it will be for the right reasons. If we don’t, it will also be for the right reasons.”

That prompted drummer Andy Hurley to weigh in on this message board, where he is a frequent poster:

i really wish i could tell everyone if we were done or not. but i just dont know. its not looking great right now, but when we went into the break it was for sure that we’d come back in 2 or 3 years. i still think we will come back, but i just dont know. theres no official decision one way or another. pete loves fob. i love fob. patrick loves fob. and [guitarist] joe [Trohman] loves fob. its just that we’re in different places right this very instant. which is why we took the break. i honestly think all the pressure of people asking stuff like they are on twitter every five seconds is more damning to the band than anything. the whole point of the break was to just get away, and not think about it, and in 2 years or so, come back and decide where to go from there. i believe in us, and i believe we will get in a room, hash out the bullshit like in some kind of monster (haha) and we will be super stoked to do another record. i know all of us are already, but just not at this exact moment.

the reason ive given of touring and recording straight for 7-8 years is absolutely true as well. it was just burning us all out. and everyone else. we did too much so fast. going away and coming back fresh could only be a good thing.

but i just dont know right now. i think we will be ok in time. maybe not. like i said though, i cant tell the future. because heres the thing, i want a definitive answer as bad as everyone else. i think thats whats causing all of this in the first place

Hey, boys: One of you call in that therapist who helped Metallica before it’s too late!