Fall Out Boy emerged in the 2000s as the biggest band in emo-pop. The Chicago quintet attracted tons of teenagers (most of them girls) to their shout-along tunes, which mixed snarky humor and big, deep-feeling choruses. As the decade wore on, Fall Out Boy continued to find new ways to market themselves — from Myspace ads to an FOB-branded video game — as the group began to sell out arenas. Pete Wentz, the band's heavily mascara'd bassist, songwriter and leader, became something of a celebrity and entrepreneur, marrying Ashley Simpson, starting a clothing company, and signing bands like Panic! At the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and the Academy Is... to his label, Decaydence.
After releasing Take This To Your Grave in 2003 and a follow-up acoustic EP, My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue (Number 153, 2004), Fall Out Boy garnered the attention of Island Records, which signed the group and released the multi-platinum From Under The Cork Tree (Number Nine, 2005), a commercial breakthrough that yielded three TRL-approved singles: "Dance, Dance," "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'" and the top ten hit "Sugar, We're Goin' Down." The band also scored a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Fall Out Boy's next album, Infinity On High in 2007, debuted at No. 1 and featured an unlikely (and brief) cameo from then-Island/Def Jam honcho Jay-Z. Stump was heavily influenced by both 1980s pop and 1990s punk during the making of the record, which lent a rock-soul edge to songs like "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" and the Babyface-produced "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)."
The band's hugely successful amphitheater tour to promote Infinity was captured on the 2008 CD and DVD Live in Phoenix featuring 22-songs from the band's June 2007 Cricket Pavilion show in Phoenix, as well as all their Island Records videos and a studio recording of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" with John Mayer playing Eddie Van Halen's legendary guitar solo.
Fall Out Boy developed as a full-fledged brand, engaging in many a marketing scheme over the course of its existence. There were dolls, a comic book, Wentz's fashion line, a chain of bars (Angels and Kings, starting in 2007), Wentz's short-lived music show on MTV and a FOB-laced remake of the video game Oregon Trail in 2009. The band also regularly embraced scavenger hunts and other viral marketing schemes to include its fans over the years and collaborated with other artists, including Timbaland, T.I. and the Roots.
The band's most attention-grabbing ploy was its March 2008 attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by becoming the first band to play all seven continents. Weather ultimately forced the cancellation of a planned gig on Antarctica, but the band went on to claim another Guinness World Record: most interviews conducted by a duo in a 24-hour period, achieved when Wentz and Stump went out to promote the band's fourth studio LP, Folie a Deux, in November 2008.
Folie was the band's most ambitious undertaking to date, with FOB folding a multitude of genres, including glam rock and R&B, into their sound for another top ten debut. In the fall of 2009, Fall Out Boy confirmed they were taking a break, but promised an eventual return.
In late January 2010 Patrick Stump revealed he was working on a solo record, and less than a week later Wentz tweeted that something substantial would have to change before he saw himself playing in Fall Out Boy again — once more fueling rumors of a permanent breakup. In the days following this revelation, Stump announced he didn't see himself as a member of the band at the time, but the band as a whole firmly maintained it was on an open-ended break. In 2012, rumors of Fall Out Boy writing new music started to circulate.
In 2013, the band officially announced that their hiatus had ended; announcing a new album entitled Save Rock and Roll, as well as a tour. They commemorated the occasion in their hometown of Chicago by torching all of their previous albums at the original location of 1979's Disco Demolition Night, the place where Comiskey Park once stood. The lead single from the album, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" was released following the announcement. The album debuted at No. 1 on the charts by moving 154,000 copies.
In June-August of 2015, Fall Out Boy will be touring the United States with Hoodie Allen and Wiz Khalifa on the "The Boys of Zummer Tour". Fall Out Boy were the first inductees to the "Hall of Wood" at the 2015 MtvU Woodie Awards and also performed a medley of five songs. They had won the Woodie award for Streaming for "Grand Theft Autumn" at the first ceremony in 2004. Fall Out Boy performed their song "Uma Thurman" with Wiz Khalifa on the 2015 Billboard Awards Show.
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