Fall Out Boy has had a busy week. They’ve just released the first details about their upcoming album as well as the release of their latest single, Love From The Other Side, but it’s culminated in some bad news for the group. Guitarist Joe Trohman released a statement explaining that he will be “stepping down” from the band.
Trohman is one of the founding members of Fall Out Boy, along with Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz. The musician wrote in a text post on the band’s Twitter account: “Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is terrible.”
He revealed that it was his mental health that ultimately led him to this shocking decision.
He wrote: “Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. So, to avoid fading away and never coming back, I am taking a break from work which sadly includes getting away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.” .
Trohman said he was “pained” to make the decision, especially since Fall Out Boy is about to release his new album, So Much (For) Stardust, on March 24, 2023.
However, he went on to assure his fans that one thing is for sure: “So the question remains: will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one hundred percent.” (sic)
With that, he added: “In the meantime, I must get myself together, which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thank you all, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary decision.” Smell you sooner rather than later, Joe Trohman.”
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The 38-year-old musician’s statement followed a series of announcements from the band and a live performance of his new song on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night.
This record will be the first on his new label, Fueled by Ramen and Elektra.
Fall Out Boy frontman Stump also spoke about why the band is going back to “its roots” for the new album. He said in a statement: “Technology has made it very easy to make records much faster these days. There’s nothing wrong with that, and spontaneity can be exciting. But we wanted to get back to the way we used to work. I wanted to to make a record that was really lovingly crafted, deliberate and patiently guided, like someone cooking you a delicate meal. I’m not a very proud guy, but I’m pretty proud of this record.” (sic)
Added Wentz: “Our band has been an ongoing art project for twenty years and we know there have been many starting points along that journey. We wanted to create an album that merged those points, something new, but carved from our base. Fueled By Ramen and Elektra seemed like the perfect home for this.”
So Much (For) Stardust will be Fall Out Boy’s seventh album, his first since 2018’s Mania.
The record garnered mixed reviews and many three-star ratings. It peaked at number one on the UK Rock and Metal Albums charts, as well as the US Billboard 200 chart.
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