Patrick Stump Reflects on Fall Out Boy’s Longevity and Success

Stump reflects on Fall Out Boy’s lasting success and gratitude for their journey in music

Patrick Stump performs with Fall Out Boy in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DENISE TRUSCELLO/GETTY)
Patrick Stump performs with Fall Out Boy in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DENISE TRUSCELLO/GETTY)

Patrick Stump, the lead singer of Fall Out Boy, recently expressed his gratitude for the band’s enduring success, reflecting on his journey from working in a used record store to achieving worldwide fame.

At 40 years old, Stump acknowledges that his career has been far from typical in the music industry, where longevity is a rare feat.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Stump reminisced about his early days working at a used record store, a job that provided him with a unique perspective on the fleeting nature of most music careers.

“I got a chance. It’s crazy,” he said, recalling how his exposure to discarded records highlighted the transient nature of fame for many artists. “I used to work at a used record store.

That was one of my first jobs, and it was a used record store, meaning that people really only brought in records they didn’t want. And so I got really acquainted with what music careers usually look like, and they don’t look like mine.”

Stump reflected on how many artists, including some of his personal favorites, had careers that were defined by just a few popular songs.

Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy perform in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ETHAN MILLER/GETTY)
Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy perform in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, ETHAN MILLER/GETTY)

“Some artists that I loved or some of my favorite artists ever had one or two songs that people liked,” he explained, noting how these artists were often remembered for specific eras rather than sustained success.

In contrast, Stump feels “ridiculously lucky” that Fall Out Boy has defied these odds, maintaining relevance and drawing crowds for nearly two decades.

“People still come to see us and I’m doing this show. It’s one of those things,” he remarked, emphasizing that each of Fall Out Boy’s achievements is significant on its own, but the cumulative success is even more remarkable.

“Any one of our accomplishments individually would be a big deal,” he added, “and the totality of our success should be a big deal in terms of any single band’s achievements.”

Fall Out Boy’s journey began with their debut album, Take This to Your Grave, released in May 2003. However, their commercial breakthrough came with the 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, featuring the hit single “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” This album earned them their first top 10 spot on the Billboard 200 and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

Since then, the band has consistently released popular and critically acclaimed albums, including Infinity on High (2007), Folie à Deux (2008), Save Rock and Roll (2013), American Beauty/American Psycho (2015), Mania (2018), and their latest, So Much (for) Stardust (2023). Each album has contributed to their lasting impact on the music scene.

Joe Trohman, Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MONICA SCHIPPER/GETTY)
Joe Trohman, Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy in Las Vegas in September 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MONICA SCHIPPER/GETTY)

Stump is acutely aware of how extraordinary his career trajectory has been. “I try to take it for granted. I’m like, this is crazy.

This is crazy that I get to do this and I’m doing this,” he reflected. Rather than viewing his career solely as a series of achievements, he considers it a gift.

“I try not to think about it too much as an achievement and more of just like a gift. You know what I mean? I’m so grateful to get to do this,” he said.

Currently, Stump is promoting his work on the Disney+ and Disney Jr. series Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends, an opportunity he finds particularly rewarding.

Reflecting on his career, he noted, “If I could have told myself when I was 12 that any of these things were going to happen, there’s no way I could fathom that.”

Fall Out Boy’s enduring success is a testament to their talent, hard work, and the loyalty of their fans. Stump’s reflections highlight a deep appreciation for the journey he has been on and an awareness of how rare such a career is in the music industry.

As Fall Out Boy continues to make music and perform, Stump’s gratitude and humility serve as a reminder of the unpredictable and often surprising nature of the music business.

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