April 20, 2013


Fall Out Boy to World: 'Why Are We the Only Band Willing to Save Rock 'n' Roll?'

With the recent release (and success: Save Rock and Roll is currently battling for No. 1 on the charts), Fall Out Boy was bound to field some serious questions about their bold album title.

(The band claimed Elton John urged them to use the title. In this video Stump explained that the legend said, "You're going to piss off a lot of people that you should piss off.")

So, it should be of no surprise that the Illinois pop punk outfit addressed their feelings concerning the state of rock 'n' roll in an interview with the UK's Daily Star. What may come as a surprise is just how candid the musicians were about their dissatisfaction.

In the interview Bassist Pete Wentz wondered:

"Why are we the only band willing to take up the challenge of saving rock 'n' roll?" he said.

"I want us to make kids feel the way I did watching Guns N' Roses videos as a kid – you need rock star heroes."

He also added: "In our time off, I listened to a lot of radio and it all sounded the same."

Patrick Stump seemed to agree with Wentz' take saying, "People will be mad about our album title, but it’s so sad when bands play it safe.

"When rock 'n' roll becomes predictable – a certain look or sound – it's the least rock 'n' roll thing I can think of. It's like there's a prescription available for how you should rock, and we're here to save the idea of rock n' roll."

While the boys are totally entitled to their opinion, I would love to see (reigning chart champs) Paramore's take on the matter.