Chicago’s Fall Out Boy, other big acts to play for Biden inauguration donors

The pop punk band, which has a long history with Biden, will perform along with Carole King, Will.I.AM and James Taylor at the virtual concert.

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Patrick Stump (left) and Pete Wentz play at a 2018 Fall Out Boy concert at Wrigley Field.

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Fall Out Boy, the Chicago band that owes its existence to Joe Biden, will repay the favor by performing Sunday at a virtual concert for donors to the president-elect’s inauguration.

The “We the People” show also will feature music from Carole King, Will.I.AM, James Taylor, Michael Bivins, Ben Harper and AJR. Second City alum Keegan-Michael Key and “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing will host, and actors Connie Britton, Sophia Bush, Jaime Camil and Kal Penn also will make appearances.

Tickets are available to those who make a donation of any size at the inauguration website.

Now, back to Wentz: The Fall Out Boy bassist and co-founder grew up in Wilmette and attended North Shore Country Day School and DePaul University, has a long history with Biden. His parents met when they both were working for Biden during his first senatorial term, and their subsequent marriage produced a child who would go on to co-create one of the key pop-punk bands of the early 2000s.

In a now-deleted 2008 blog post, Wentz shared a photo has been circulating ever since, showing him as a little boy in the arms of the future vice president.

Fall Out Boy endorsed the Biden-Harris ticket in last year’s general election.

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