Hello, My Name Is Patrick
Q&A with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump
IE: We last talked to you guys before From Under The Cork Tree came out, and we heard Fall Out Boy have done pretty well. When do the solo albums come out?
Patrick Stump: I know you’re joking, but I’ve gotten that question seriously before, or they’ll ask us who we want to collaborate with, and it’s like, ‘I don’t know. There’s four of us . . . I kind of like playing with these dudes.’ There’s Juelz Santana, Ne-Yo. He’s writing some stuff right now. We could all get together and have a pow-wow.
IE: Are there ways you’ve recognized you can use your power for good?
PS: Now we’re in arenas and girls assume it’s the right time and place to show their breasts. That’s not what we’re into. I mean, we’re into breasts, they’re great and all, but it’s one of those things where we have enough respect for our audience and ourselves not to be interested in people being naked or stupid at our shows.
IE: Well, you have experience coming from hardcore shows where there’s that one guy who’s not into the music and just wants to kick some ass.
PS: Right. That guy comes to Fall Out Boy shows still and we have just as much sympathy for him now as we did then.
IE: If you could take someone else’s role in the band, whose would it be?
PS: I like singing a lot, but I don’t like being out front. I just like the physical act of singing. So, for that respect I’d kind of like to be a drummer again — that’s what I started out doing. So maybe I’d trade with Andy [Hurley]. Andy’s got a nice little voice.
IE: Are you still just a boy from the North Shore with a dream?
PS: Totally. I live in Glenview still and it’s the same old story altogether. It’s funny we’re doing this, because I always pick up IE whenever I’m at Guitar Center.
IE: Oh, um, now that we know that, we’ll try not to make fun of you guys as much.
PS: Please. I will end up reading it.
Fall Out Boy return to the UIC Pavilion on May 15th as headliners of The Black Clouds & Underdogs Tour with All-American Rejects.
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