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Fall Out Boy Wants To Collaborate With Justin Bieber?

9 May 2018 by Teenage

Consider us blessed that Singapore was the only Southeast Asian stop for Fall Out Boy’s ongoing MANIA Tour. True to its name, it was exactly what FOB brought to the venue of [email protected], which was packed with both older devotees reminiscing their emo yesteryears, as well as fresh-faced younger fans who obviously caught on to the FOB fever, complete with purple-dyed hair and skinny jeans.

Their return might have been overdue – the pop punk quartet last played in Singapore in 2013 – but there was nothing tardy about their rock party. Prior to their show, we caught up with Pete and Andy for a quick chat where they talked about their MANIA album, working together with RM of BTS, and the possibility of creating music with Justin Bieber. Well, they might be kidding about the last point. But then again, are they really? Read on.

Teenage: Let’s talk about your new album MANIA. Following the success of American Beauty/American Psycho, what was the musical direction you wanted to bring MANIA in?

Pete: We wanted to do something completely different. American Beauty/American Psycho felt like an extension of Save Rock and Roll as they were made so close together. MANIA was like taking a left turn.

Teenage: You’ve decided to scrape and rewrite MANIA, pushing back the release by four months – which doesn’t feel like a whole lot of time to redo the entire album. Could you walk us through how that was like?

Pete: Records used to take a long time to make, but you’re able to do so much on just your laptop now so four months is more than enough time. I mean, we really did throw away a large portion of the album; there’s little bits of pieces here and there but it didn’t feel inspired enough. For us, I think it’s better not to make a record than to make one that feels uninspired.

Teenage: Having been in the music industry for a long time, how much do you think the industry has changed since you first started?

Pete: I think it has changed so much, mostly in the way that people are able to listen to music in different ways now, you know? And they can curate their own playlists so it’s really interesting to see how genres have lesser meaning than it seems like. 

Andy: Like [what Pete] said, you’re divorced from genres so you just like things and you’re not picking them out of a specific box just because they’re this or that. That’s really cool.

Teenage: How do you strike a balance between staying relevant in the music industry and staying true to your sound?

Pete: Now that we’re 15 years into the band, I think it’s important to make music for ourselves. We don’t want to be like a Burger King where we make whatever you want for your order, but at the same time we’re not ever trying to purposefully alienate people. Music is meant to be inspiring, we’re always going to think about our fans and perform around the world for them. Sometimes you nail it and they’re like “Oh my God, this makes so much sense” and other times you push too far or not far enough and they’re like “this isn’t great”. But you can’t just let that dominate; you just have to make the art you want to make and hopefully people will respond to it.

Teenage: What’s the most maniac moment you’ve ever experienced throughout your career?

Pete: When we went to places for the first time, like Moscow, and there were a ton of kids at the airport. It was pretty insane.

Andy: Yeah, I think airport moments and new places where we don’t frequent a lot. It does feel like it’s scariest, coolest and craziest thing all wrapped up in one.

Teenage: So… tell us about the llamas on the MANIA album.

Both: (Laughs)

Pete: Their names are Frosty and Royal Tea! They were in the music video for ‘Young and Menace’, which is supposed to depict what it’s like to live in a world of monsters and you don’t realise you are and you aren’t one. And they were just skateboarding with Post Malone and it just evolved into this thing that was never supposed to be.

Teenage: Some people consider Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and Fall Out Boy as the holy trinity of emo pop punk – and all of you performed in Singapore before! Would we ever see a collaboration between you guys?

Pete: (Laughs) We toured with Paramore once and with Panic! At The Disco countless of times. I don’t know, would it end the world if we all played together? We’ll never know. Did Justin Bieber say ‘Never Say Never’? Or we could just play with Justin!

Andy: We could compete with Avengers: Infinity War for the biggest crossover yet.

Teenage: Speaking of collaborations, your remix of ‘Champion’ with RM was a huge hit. Could we be expecting more team-ups with other K-pop bands in the future?

Pete: Yeah, definitely! I think it just has to be organic. How we met and all was a long story – we sent the song, he liked it and the rest is history. This was one collaboration that happened organically, which makes it more authentic. If it happens again, it would be cool.

Teenage: Lastly, what’s next for Fall Out Boy?

Pete: No more albums! You heard it here first – no more albums, until we get this Bieber collaboration done (laughs). Well, our record contract is done so we can do anything. You know how you always feel the most inspired when you do something completely new? We don’t know what it is yet though, wait and see!

Fall Out Boy MANIA Tour Live In Singapore

Nostalgia, non-stop hits and plenty of ‘Dance, Dance’ were the order of a pre-Public Holiday night, as the foursome made their third stop on Singapore soil. With the crowd amped up to full excitement, there was nothing to stop the FOB boys from kicking it into higher gear, dishing out songs like ‘Irresistible’, ‘Immortals’ and fan favourite ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ back-to-back. Ever the most forward of the band, bassist Pete Wentz delighted the crowd with his quick quips in-between songs, at times from an elevated stage in the middle of the crowd, dressed in a neon-yellow construction jacket which demanded attention from all corners of the room.

Photo by Alvin Ho | LAMC Productions

Drummer Andy also had his moments to shine, thrilling audiences with a drum solo mashup that included heavier versions of Kendrick’s Lamar’s ‘Humble’ and Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’, while Patrick Stump impressed throughout with his pitch-perfect vocals sounding nearly identical to the band’s records. While already individually talented in their own right, it’s truly captivating to see how all four members complemented each other during their songs, energy effortlessly bouncing off each other’s presence.

Photo by Alvin Ho | LAMC Productions

While the performances were top-calibre, assisted by visually arresting video backdrops and surprise cameos from their llama mascots, Frosty and Royal Tea, we did wish the band spent more time interacting with their ardent fans. But perhaps it’s due to their seasoned career for wanting to focus on the music instead, and who could blame them when most of the varied crowd were screaming back every line to their catalogue of songs?

Photo by Alvin Ho | LAMC Productions

15 years into their music career together, and Fall Out Boy proved that their solidarity and brotherhood together is still as strong as it was from their eyeliner-heavy days – and that’s why they’ll go down as one of the greatest bands not only of this decade… but for ‘Centuries’.

Image credits: Aloysius Lim / Alvin Ho for LAMC Productions

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It’s Dua Lipa and BLACKPINK in your area! After powering through a sold-out concert in Singapore last Friday, the ‘IDGAF’ pop diva flew straight to South Korea for the Seoul leg of her tour on 6 May – performing yet another solid show in front of a massive audience, which included a couple of famous faces such as BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Lisa!

Remember when Jennie mentioned that ‘New Rules’ was her favourite song of the moment during a live session last September? Here’s a throwback:

Fast forward to today, the BLACKPINK member is seen posing for a picture alongside her fellow bandmate, Lisa, with the queen of ‘New Rules’ herself – talk about a total “senpai noticed me” moment! The iconic photo is now Dua’s most-liked post on Instagram to date, with over 1 million hearts and counting.

 

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However, the BLACKPINK girls weren’t the only K-pop stars in attendance – JYP darlings Suzy and Somi were spotted as well. The former also uploaded a photo of the two together, along with her banner and autographed album. Dua even left a comment and followed the former Miss A member, making them mutuals on Instagram! Fangirl goals or what?

In other news, BLACKPINK’s in the midst of preparing for a comeback on 22 June 2018. Hey papa YG, how does a Dua Lipa collaboration sound?

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Paramore Will Be Back To Rock Singapore This August!

26 Apr 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Our teenage-angst hearts are crying hard, but we’re dancing harder: Paramore is coming back to town! Seven years after their last show on our shores in 2011, the American rockstars are finally returning to Singapore to stage a full-fledged concert on 21 August at [email protected] Box.

Even though they’ve been through several lineup changes and musical style shifts since we last saw them, we have no doubts that Hayley, Taylor and Zac will deliver an equally, if not more, explosive set as usual. Apart from their catalog of smash hits like ‘Still Into You’ and ‘Ain’t It Fun’, expect to jam out to recent bangers off their fifth studio effort After Laughter including ‘Hard Times’, ‘Fake Happy’ and ‘Rose-Colored Boy’. 

 Paramore Live In Singapore 2018

Paramore Live in Singapore 2018
Date: 21 August 2018
Time: TBC
Venue: [email protected] Box
Ticket prices: $168

Early bird tickets will go on sale from 3 to 5 May at $158, while standard tickets will go on sale from 6 May at $168 via www.sistic.com.sg – get ready to snap it up!

Meanwhile, check out their latest music video for ‘Rose-Colored Boy’:

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5 Craziest Moments That Fall Out Boy Fans Will Never Forget

26 Apr 2018 by Germaine Cheah

From ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ to ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Uma Thurman’ to ‘Champion’, Fall Out Boy has undeniably transformed into one of the biggest rock bands of the current era. Throughout the course of their near two-decades long career, the quartet has brought us on the journey through quite a few interesting moments – here are our favourites.

#1 They Actually Have A Guinness World Record To Their Name

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You best believe it, the Chicago natives are world record holders! Back in 2008, Patrick and Pete set out on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for most interviews conducted by a duo in a 24-hour period. The number they had to beat was 57, which they did within 10 hours. But ever the overachievers, they decided to carry on for as long as they could and ended up busting out a whopping 74 interviews that were between eight to 20 minutes long, taking breaks only to eat or use the bathroom. 

#2 They Ventured Where Our Four-Legged Counterparts Would Only Go

Yup, Joe Trohman once slept in a dog cage – well, it was more like a little cat nap, really. The reason is unknown, but it was documented on an old DVD. In an interview with Rock Sound back in 2013, the guitarist explained: “It wasn’t a night. It was, like, five minutes at the most and then put on a DVD. You can spin that story any way you want when it’s on film, you know? And I was also 17. Do a lot of 17-year-olds spend a lot of time in a dog cage? I think they do!” No, Joe, we’re gonna have to go with “No”.

#3 They Were Victims Of ‘Eating Your Own Feelings’

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We are all no strangers to that feeling during award shows when the person we were rooting for didn’t win in their nominated category. For most of us, we’d just shrug it off and move on with our lives. But when you’re Patrick Stump, that doesn’t apply. At their first-ever GRAMMYs, the frontman got so angry over Kanye West’s Late Registration not winning Album of the Year that he stormed out of the ceremony and consoled himself with a Subway sandwich. We’re just glad he didn’t pull a Kanye by going on stage to disrupt U2 during the latter’s acceptance speech…

#4 They Once Gave Fans More Than What They Bargained For

Going back to their early days during the 2007 Honda Civic Tour, the band wanted to raise awareness for blood drives by giving fans a chance to win posters that were signed with a mixture of their blood in the ink. Speaking on their decision in a behind-the-scenes video, Patrick explained: “These disasters don’t last just a year, there are still people living in the aftermath of the tsunami and the aftermath of Katrina. It’s in times of low publicity on blood drives that people really need blood.” We know it was for a good cause, but we can’t help but think that there were other more effective – and less painful – ways to raise awareness for blood drives, but hey, to each their own. 

#5 They Proved That Hanging Out At The Arcade Has Its Benefits

One of the biggest surprises FOB fans got towards the end of 2017 was the release of the ‘Champion’ remix, which was done in collaboration with RM of K-pop boyband BTS. Not surprisingly, the lit track gave rise to questions of how the team-up came to be. Well, it turns out we have Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) to give thanks to! During the birthday party for Pete’s son at an arcade, the bassist was witness to a large group of people who were at the same arcade to watch RM play DDR. Unsure of who RM was, the band got to digging and the rest is history.

Fall Out Boy’s set to take the stage at [email protected] Box for their M A N I A tour on 30 April 2018. If you haven’t yet gotten your tickets, head on over to Sistic to score yours now!

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6 TV Show Reboots '90s Kids Won't Want To Miss In 2018

11 Apr 2018 by Trixy Aw

All your favourite ’80s and ’90s era cult classics are returning to air! From dark tales of witchcraft to action-packed adventures, here’s a new crop of reboots and spin-offs coming out this year to tickle your nostalgia fancy.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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What is it about? Brought back by the producers of Riverdale, its affiliation with Archie Comics jolts a brand new adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Not much is known about the show yet, but we hear this spinoff will adopt a much darker interpretation than the former lighthearted series. One thing’s for sure though, Kieirnan Shipka and Ross Lynch are looking totes adorable as Sabrina and Harvey!

When is it airing? 2018 – 2019

Tune in on: Netflix

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

The Magic School Bus Rides Again THEN VS NOW

What is it about? The freshly animated series of the original 1994 series is set to return with its second season this April. With a new Ms. Frizzle, the ridding of Phoebe and a wardrobe revamp for the former characters, the renewed plot sure has fans gripping onto their seats in anticipation.

When is it airing? 13 April 2018

Tune in on: Netflix

Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown THEN VS NOW

What is it about? The OG Murphy Brown, aka Candice Bergen, will be making a comeback after a two-decade drought from her witty humour. And she ain’t alone – the whole gang are all getting back together again in the newsroom, including Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Bring back the ’90s, baby!

When is it airing? 2018 – 2019

Tune in on… CBS

ReBoot: The Guardian Code

Reboot The Guardian Code THEN VS NOW

What is it about? Popular 1994 television show ReBoot comes back to life after its seven-year run. Unlike its previous animated series, the Guardians are characterised as tech-savvy superheroes ready to protect the world. Expect a cool mix of explosive live action and CGI magic in this upcoming reboot!

When is it airing? Currently airing

Tune in on: Netflix

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Rocko's Modern Life Static Cling THEN VS NOW

What is it about? A spin-off of the 1993 Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life, this one-hour special sees Rocko and his pals settling down in the modern-day O-Town. With its original creator Joe Murray back to helm its reboot, it’s safe to say we can look forward to humour as sharp and pepped-up as it used to be!

When is it airing? 2018

Tune in on: Nickelodeon

Roseanne

Roseanne THEN VS NOW

What is it about? The long-running 90s sitcom just premiered its tenth season this March! A peak into the everyday lives of a typical working-class American family, the 65-year-old star delves into everything from Trump and his tax bills, to the fancy lives of the Kardashians – all while maintaining her trademark honesty and snarky personality.

When is it airing? Currently airing

Tune in on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, ABC

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