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Fall Out Boy Frontman Speaks Out Against Hate Culture

Patrick Stump has always been someone who strayed from the public eye when not standing in front of a room full of people. His level of celebrity could very easily hit the kind of level that warrants weekly news clippings (much like fellow bandmate Pete Wentz), but Stump has always chosen to remain in the grey. Such a lifestyle has allowed Stump to remain away from rumor mills for the most part, and in the case of this story, given more importance to the times he chooses to share his thoughts with the world.

In a new blog posted on his rarely updated Tumblr, the frontman of Fall Out Boy goes in depth on his feelings about modern day “hate culture.” Stump speaks about the importance of having one’s own opinion, and even goes as far as to say people need to stop being so over-the-top about hatred for folks like Dane Cook and Nickelback. You can read his post below.

Hey! Don’t You Just Hate That (every)Thing?

How many people reading this are fans of Nickelback? How about Dane Cook? Now, I can safely assume that, unless this blog gets reposted on a site dedicated to those respective artists, those questions would be met with tumbleweeds and the distant sound of crickets. Like Creed or Limp Bizkit or the “Dude! You’re getting a Dell!” kid, they’ve become ubiquitously hate-able. I would not be exaggerating to state I’ve simply never heard someone admit to liking them. Continue reading ‘Fall Out Boy Frontman Speaks Out Against Hate Culture’

Pete Wentz Announces Book Tour Dates

Former Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has announced several book tour dates to support his latest novel Gray, a semi-autobiographical story about a musician who struggles with identity, fame, and depression on the road with his band.

Though Wentz and the other members of Fall Out Boy have all been keeping busy with their respective musical and non-musical projects in recent years, the speculation surrounding a possible reunion tour has amplified as the ten-year anniversary of their 2003 album Take This to Your Grave approaches. The members have individually denied such a possibility in the past, but have stopped short from ruling it out entirely. Fall Out Boy fans should keep their ears open, though. Something big might be on the way soon.

If you can’t wait for a possible Fall Out Boy reunion, check out OurStage act Orange Avenue.

For the dates of Wentz’s book tour, read below the jump.

Continue reading ‘Pete Wentz Announces Book Tour Dates’

Patrick Stump Denies Fall Out Boy Reunion Rumors

Yesterday afternoon, the earth saw a brief shift as Fall Out Boy fans spent a few joy filled hours jumping up and down at Insider employee Keltie Colleen’s Twitter announcement that the band was writing new material.  Patrick Stump, no stranger to reunion rumors, quickly put an end to that, stating that “One of these days there may actually be news and you won’t be able to hear it over all the rumors. That’s no disrespect to @Keltiecolleen btw. She’s awesome.”

Fans may remember back in August, Stump was confronted with the same rumor, from blessthefall’s Beau Bokan. While Bokan claimed that sources had confirmed Fall Out Boy were writing a new album, when questioned by a fan, Stump simply responded, “Another day, another rumor.”

Hang in there, Fall Out Boy fans.

If you like Fall Out Boy, check OurStage artist A Midnight In Chicago.

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Exclusive Q and A: Yellowcard Open Up About ‘Southern Air’ And Being Warped Tour Veterans

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsReleasing three albums in just 18 months sounds like an exhausting endeavor, but you wouldn’t know it from the looks of Yellowcard at their recent Vans Warped Tour dates. The band is as full of energy as they were back during the early 2000s, and are gearing up for the release of their newest studio album Southern Air. We sat down with guitarist Ryan Mendez at their Mansfield, Mass. Warped Tour stop to talk about his early days on the tour, the writing process for the new record, and the album’s one big guest appearance that didn’t make the final cut.

OS: It’s the band’s 5th time on Warped Tour.  What’s different this time around?

RM: Well, I did the tour in ’02 and ’04 with my old band when we were traveling in a van, and it was just the most bottom-of-the-barrel experience of paying your dues on Warped Tour. Now, with us being at the level that we’re at, and me being a part of Yellowcard, it couldn’t be any more different for me. We did about half of the tour in ’07, and that was awesome too, but we were in kind of a tough time as a band then, and we were having issues with our bass player, who ended up leaving the band later in the year. It was just not the right mental page for us to be on, but now everybody’s doing great, we’ve got a new record coming out, and the tour has been awesome. Warped just treats us so well, and we’ve been having a great time.

OS: Yeah, the reception at your show today was awesome

RM: I think it was probably the best show of the tour for us. Before that, I think Chicago was the best show, but this might have taken it’s place!

Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Yellowcard Open Up About ‘Southern Air’ And Being Warped Tour Veterans’

Q&A With Hey Monday

Most kids in their early 20s spend the majority of their time in college classes or at 9 to 5 jobs, but the members of powerpop group Hey Monday spend their time touring the world and playing sold-out shows across the country. After performing on the full string of this summer’s Warped Tour and releasing a new EP called Beneath It All, the band are currently co-headlining a fall tour with Cartel. We caught up with lead vocalist Cassadee Pope on what’s in store for the band for the rest of 2010.

OS: This will be Hey Monday’s first headlining tour since the release of Beneath It All. How is this tour going to be different from your last headlining tour?

CP: We’ll be playing pretty much the whole EP. That in itself will add a whole different element to the live show. We’ll have a bunch of old songs in the mix also. We’re working on some really intense transitions between some of the songs the we think the fans will enjoy. We just want this set to bring the crowd into an alternate universe with us.

OS: Beneath It All was originally supposed to be a full-length, but you cut it down to seven songs and released it as an EP instead. Will you be playing any of the songs that were cut from the album on this tour?

CP: We won’t be playing any of those songs yet. Eventually we will when it’s closer to the next release. But we want to focus more on the material we’ve just released. Plus, fans can’t really get into songs they’ve never heard. We want it to be a huge sing-a-long!

OS: You have done live guest vocals with All Time Low, Cobra Starship and Fall Out Boy, just to name a few. What vocalist(s) would you most want to join you on stage for a cameo, and for what song?

CP: I think having any of those singers (Patrick [Stump of Fall Out Boy], Alex [Gaskarth of All Time Low], or Gabe [Saporta of Cobra Starship]) join us on stage would be a huge honor. I’ve had Alex come sing with me during “Homecoming” a few times. I’d have Patrick come sing “Mr. Pushover” just because his soulful voice would really add a ton to that song. And Gabe could sing “I Don’t Wanna Dance” with me, because it’s a fun and upbeat song.

OS: You’ve been on tour overseas multiple times. How is touring in the US different than touring abroad?

CP: The fans overseas are so thankful for when we come through. American bands are so scarce over there, so they really show us the best time. Not to mention, the cultures are all so different. We’ve learned so much abroad.

OS: Cartel, The Ready Set, We Are The In Crowd and This Century will be joining you on the road. What are you most looking forward to about traveling with those bands?

CP: I’m a huge fan of Cartel. I actually wrote one of my first songs I ever recorded with Will [Pugh, vocalist of Cartel]. I love all the bands we’re taking out. I can’t wait to just hang out with everyone everyday, and watch their sets every night. I guess I’m looking forward to every aspect of touring with these bands!

OS: Even though your band members are still young, you have toured all over the world for the past two years. Can you give some tips to young bands going out on tour for the first time?

CP: I think sometimes, young bands who get the privilege to do such great things like tour get big headed. Just make sure to be thankful for what you have, and the opportunities you are given. You should always be confident in yourself and your music, but not cocky. Nobody will want to tour with a band who thinks they are the bees knees!

Catch Hey Monday on tour with Cartel, The Ready Set, We Are the In Crowd and This Century this fall:

November 9 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
November 10 - Station 4, Minneapolis, MN
November 12 – Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
November 13 – Avalon, Salt Lake City, UT
November 15 – El Corazon, Seattle, WA
November 16 – Hawthorne Theatre, East Portland, OR
November 17 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
November 18 – Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
November 19 – El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA
November 20 – Epicentre, San Diego, CA
November 21 – The Nile, Phoenix, AZ
November 23 – The Door, Dallas, TX
November 24 - Emos, Austin, TX
November 26 – House Of Blues, Orlando, FL
November 27 – Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Phoenix releases live record for free download

Phoenix

Didja miss Phoenix when they came to Sydney? That’s too bad, mate. The show was great. But don’t get bummed out! The band has released a live recording of their Sydney performance for free on their Web site. Redemption! Download it here, and be sure to tell the band “merci.”

Rihanna gets drum lessons from Travis Barker

Rihanna and Barker

While you were slaving away in your parent’s garage on a second-hand drum kit held together by duct tape, Rihanna had her person call Travis Barker’s person and arrange for some private drum lessons. Well, kinda private — Barker’s reps did release a photo to the press after the session. The training is in preparation for Rihanna’s European tour kicking off next month. Though we’re sure Barker is an excellent teacher, don’t expect Ri-Ri to come out sticks-a-wailin’ like John Bonham. Then again, she probably won’t have to do much to get the crowd to go wild. Famous people get everything.

The Bad

Photographer Jim Marshall dies

One of Marshall's iconic photos

You may not recognize the name Jim Marshall, but you’ll almost certainly recognize his work. Marshall rose to fame during the ’60s, shooting iconic portraits of Miles Davis, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Widely acknowledged as the preeminent rock ‘n’ roll photographer, Marshall had just published a book of his work (Match Prints) and was scheduled to promote the release with various appearances. He died on Tuesday in New York City at the age of 74.

The Ugly

Justin Bieber’s manager arrested

Justin Bieber

Scott “Scooter” Braun, manager to rapper Asher Roth and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, was arrested on Wednesday by Nassau County police in Long Island for reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance. No he didn’t let Bieber drive his car or help him shoplift a tube of Clearasil. The truth is a lot less cool. Braun was arrested for not alerting Bieber fans via Twitter that an event at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island had been canceled. When the teens heard that Bieber was M.I.A., they stampeded that place like a herd of buffalo in skinny jeans and hightops. At least one fan was injured. Though Braun did eventually tweet that the appearance had been canceled, the police didn’t think his Twitter fingers were fast enough. If convicted, he faces one year in prison. Check out the aftermath on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeScooter.

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