Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump: 'I’m has-been at 27'
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has written a candid and lengthy personal blog post on his website calling himself a "has-been" at 27 and questioning his desire to make music again after the commercial failure of his recent solo album, Soul Punk.
In the post, Stump describes being insulted by fans and spending his savings on a tour in support of the album.
"The barrage of 'We liked you better fat,' the threatening letters to my home, the kids that paid for tickets to my solo shows to tell me how much I sucked without Fall Out Boy, that wasn’t something I suppose I was or ever will be ready for," he wrote. "That’s dedication. That’s real palpable anger. Add into that the economic risk I had taken [In short: I blew my nest egg on that record and touring in support of it] the hate really crushed me.
"There’s no amount of money that makes you feel better when people think of you as a joke or a hack or a failure or ugly or stupid or morally empty," he added.
He writes that things started to get difficult when Fall Out Boy's last album, Folie A Deux, bombed and sparked a fan backlash. "Touring on Folie was like being the last act at the vaudeville show: We were rotten vegetable targets in Clandestine hoods," he wrote.
Although he points out that the band has not broken up, a reunion isn't possible until the other members finish their respective solo projects and he's not optimistic about a live return in another form any time soon: "Whatever notoriety Fall Out Boy used to have prevents me from having the ability to start over from the bottom again. I can’t even go back to playing basement shows. As the saying goes: I couldn’t get booked at the opening of a letter."
However, all is not lost. He also wrote that he's been keeping busy with acting gigs and songwriting and producing for other artists. He's also mulling over releasing an unfinished follow-up to Soul Punk.
"I hate feeling like the awkward adult husk of a discarded once-cute child actor. I’m debating going back to school and learning a proper trade," he wrote. "It’s tempting to say I won’t ever play/tour/record again, but I think that’s probably just pent up poor-me emotional pessimism talking (I suppose I can be excused of that though right? I am the guy from That Emo Band after all)."
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