Joe Trohman, the legendary guitarist for the one and only Fall Out Boy, announced earlier this year that we would be taking a break from things. On top of constantly touring, writing and working with the band, on top of time with his other project The Damned Things, he took it upon himself to put his mental health first.
This all happened just as Fall Out Boy had announced their new album So Much (For) Stardust, which was subsequently released back in March via Fueled By Ramen.
This is what his statement said, posted on January 19th:
“Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than to fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burning out is dreadful.
“Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years.
So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.
It pains me to make this decision, especially when we are releasing a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I’m most proud of). So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent.
In the meantime, I must recover, which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary decision.
Smell you sooner than later,
Now, ahead of the band’s US tour, which starts next month, he has revealed he is returning to the fold.
Here is his new statement:
“Hey everyone, I’m officially back! I want to thank everyone for the love and support while I took some time away to focus on my brain and get healthy for my family, my friends and myself.
I also want to thank Ben Young for stepping up and filling in on the shows I missed – He is a true gentleman and a scholar.
I’m stoked to be back in action and I can’t wait to see everyone on tour this summer!”
You will be able to see Joe, Patrick, Pete and Andy back on the road at all of these dates:
- June 21 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
- June 23 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
- June 24 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Azura Amphitheater
- June 27 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
- June 28 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
- June 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
- July 01 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
- July 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ BMO Stadium
- July 05 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
- July 07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
- July 09 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
- July 11 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
- July 13 – Somerset, WI @ Somerset Amphitheater
- July 15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Cente
- July 16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Cente
- July 18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
- July 19 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
- July 21 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
- July 22 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
- July 24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
- July 25 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
- July 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
- July 29 – Clarkston, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre
- July 30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
- Aug 01 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
- Aug 02 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
- Aug 04 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
- Aug 05 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- Aug 06 – Camden, NJ @ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion