Fall Out Boy Frontman Quits Music

Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has lost interest in writing and performing music because of a constant onslaught of criticism from "haters".

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Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has lost interest in writing and performing music because of a constant onslaught of criticism from "haters".

He made the claim a long blog post to answer those who slammed his 2011 debut solo album "Soul Punk" and Fall Out Boy's 2008 release "Folie A Deux".

He says that some people will only ever care about one record he started at 18 - the Fall Out Boy debut - but found it hard to take the reaction to his later work.

"Fall Out Boy's last album 'Folie A Deux' was our most critically panned and audiences openly hated it... at no other point in my professional career was I nearly booed off stages for playing new songs," he said.

He writes at length about how the experience affected the band and made their touring experience a misery.

After losing weight and touring his solo album, he began to see "we liked you better fat" comments, but sometimes received threatening letters - all of which left him unhappy. "I suppose I'm just not that thick-skinned," he said.

As a result, he has stepped away from the spotlight and now works as a songwriter and producer, sometimes acting: "I still have access to enough money to live on in order to avoid bankruptcy for at least a few years as long as I stick to my budget, but money really isn't everything and it never was."

Regardless, he is still considering a release to his unfinished follow-up to "Soul Punk", but has lost interest in performing publicly.

He added: "It's as though I've received some big cosmic sign that says I should disappear. So I've kind of disappeared."

Did Stump get a tough time, or does his music just suck? Share your view of his work in the comments.

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    Aftertime
    aw I feel a bit bad now.. Because this could happen to anyone of us. Bad at this early to give up is quite cowardly to go against a passion if it ever was to him.
    pinheadslts75
    If he really had any interest in music to begin with he wouldn't let criticism stop him from making it.
    Skuzzmo
    There really are some mean spirited people here.... Makes ya realise that the milk of human kindness is sometimes actually just piss and venom... very sad.
    jrcsgtpeppers
    you cant just quit music. you arent a popular band anymore, so change it up a bit. i didnt even know there were any fall out boy haters these days, wasnt hating on fall out boy so 5 years ago?
    FlorentinePogen
    I've always believed what makes rock and roll great is its f**k you attitude. This is so not rock and roll.
    Randomrings
    Oh my god the internet wins!!! If you "quit music" then you were never a real musician anyways. You were just somebody who can play an instrument, or sing... or in this guy's case whine
    Carling_1994
    such a shame, i genuinely think he is a great song writer and would have loved to see FOB release new stuff....oh well looks like thats not gonna happen
    Lukef4098
    The real reason he quit is because cats were attacking him in his sleep, and the pressure caused him to giv in.. He has more control over his cats cuz he gotta cat bat to put those cats jin their place, but ye hes a pussy....
    sparkeyjames
    Aaawwe. Don't cry EMO boy. My second favorite would be... Don't go away mad. Just go away.
    pbogner87
    Some people will never have the "success" this choder had with fall out boy. Cut the bitching and be happy that you can milk royalties from your "successful" music. OR you could just write some music that isn't juvenile.
    MachinesofHate7
    cry me a river... You can't please everyone, dude. If you're gonna wet the bed everytime someone criticizes your work, you're better off at home beating off than being a musician. Just saying.
    MRTTVD
    wtf is he talking about? his new material wasnt that badly received. I don't like it personally but he still has a lot of fans that he owes
    Scorpyin
    you dont quit your job because people dont like you... what a insecure individual. point is, there's plenty more where that came from, im sure well have a million more bands that sound exactly like that within a week or so, we have enough already...
    judo_john
    Wait, he lost interest in writing music, so now he works as a songwriter? #facepalm
    karstaag666
    Take my hat off to the guy. Didn't like his music personally but that is entirely down to music taste. I still appreciated him musically. Great charismatic voice, excellent songwriter especially in making catchy hooks and lyrics for chorus parts. It's a sad day when anyone loses their passion for something in this way and I hope that he finds his way back to doing something he really loves.
    MetalHeadsSuck
    karstaag666 wrote: Take my hat off to the guy. Didn't like his music personally but that is entirely down to music taste. I still appreciated him musically. Great charismatic voice, excellent songwriter especially in making catchy hooks and lyrics for chorus parts. It's a sad day when anyone loses their passion for something in this way and I hope that he finds his way back to doing something he really loves.
    i freaking love your logic. i personally loved patrick's music and fall out boy (not a fan of pete wentz though) and im disgusted at the way people treat artists like him. i just wish this news didnt have to be posted on such a biased site like this. he was a truely talented guy, and i hope he doesn't stop...
    judo_john
    I've never liked Fall Out Boy, but it is definitely a shame that he feels this way. Own fans turning on you, being hated for getting fit and healthy. That's brutal man.
    Tag43
    Nickelback gets a lot of hate but you don't hear them quitting over haters.
    sickassfoo
    thats the whole point of being an artist, to deal with all the shit the haters give you, those who rise above it are the ones who succeed in the industry and those who go home and cry to mommy, stay home crying with mommy forever.
    6-String_Madman
    FlorentinePogen wrote: I've always believed what makes rock and roll great is its f**k you attitude. This is so not rock and roll.
    This defines the great line between Rock n' Roll and emo.
    Patriot1zzy wrote: Lars Ulrich, please don't follow this dumbass' footsteps.
    Don't worry, he won't. Metallica took more than 2 decades' worth of people's hate in a positive sense... Released something to prove their haters wrong. Hence, Death Magnetic and Beyond Magnetic.
    Scorpyin
    Skuzzmo wrote: There really are some mean spirited people here.... Makes ya realise that the milk of human kindness is sometimes actually just piss and venom... very sad.
    LOL human kindness!!! hahaha, priceless!... (sorry to double post but that made me laugh!)
    Ghostmaker
    If you can be part of band as (like it or not) successful as Fall Out Boy, with as many fans as they had, and quit because you don't like criticism, then music is probably not your thing.
    Farbeyondforums
    LOL LOL LOL!!! This is the funniest shit!!! Least he openly says his skin isn't thick enough for the shit he cops.
    Camm
    If he was as good as Dallas Green or Matthew good, I think I'd feel a little more sorry for him, but I don't think music is going to miss out if he hangs up the guitar.
    royalewcheese35
    The trolls have feasted well on this day, but ever hungry, they move on to new prey as they lurk under the shadows of their decrepit bridges.
    Tyler.Allain
    Gotta love how all the deathmetal noise fans come in here and bash a pop-rock artist because he's radio friendly. Some even going as far to say "good no one wanted you here." Well, you're the only conforming to anti-conformity losers that probably listen to obscure bands that don't get radio-play and are jealous of his relative success in music. If you don't like his music don't listen to it but it certainly isn't harming any one. To have musicians telling other musicians that the y should just quit music because they perform a different style of music is ridiculous. Shame on you.
    jelfy
    Can understand the logic ... I mean i'd hate it if the same thing happened to me, but i'd probably carry on anyway, because, **** who doesn't wnat to make music for a living?! He needs to carve a new image for himself not give up at the first sign of trouble! He should release some music under a pseudonym or something, like Derek and the Dominoes kinda thing.
    wangchowder86
    I actually did like the first couple albums from Fall Out Boy, but as their career furthered it became clear that they wouldn't be able to keep my interest. Their target seemed to be teenage girls who wanted to see Pete Wentz abs and felt a thrill when they were hearing scandalous inuendos in music. The problem I have with him isn't that he tried something new, but hat he decided to try to completely change his image (nothing to do with his weight loss) when he went solo. He did interviews saying, not in his exact words, he original for being a white guy wanting to do soul, as if it was a new concept never attempted before. He seemed really ignorant when saying it. Their's a whole genre refered to as "blue eyed soul" which is just that. His single "This City" is what turned me away, because it was a generic pop song with a generic pop video which lacked anything I thought was worth hearing. He can't expect everyone to like his sudden change in musical direction. He actually had a good voice. Shouldn't have given up. Could find a new fan base.
    remotenightowl
    Dragonforce are the o-pit-o-me of surviving haters, so if he is quitting from the industry because of this, then he shouldn't be in it to begin with...
    S2S
    cfhdomination wrote: It's more then likely that the so-called haters are just fans that grew up and realized Fall Out Boy sucks. Sounds like a big pansy though. There are lots of bands/artists that receive tons of negative criticism. And you don't see them quitting over bad reviews.
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    Sixsicksticks
    How can you run out of money if you have more than a million dollars? Any sane person could live for life on a million dollars/ pounds
    spiff-corgi
    Just actually read the blog post. He's not quitting music, he's quitting performing live. And from his stories of people actually paying to go see him just to say "you were better fat", "where's Fall Out Boy, you suck without them", "washed up loser" and all that I don't blame him. I'm not particularly thick skinned either and that would crush the best of us. Some of the commenters need to grow up.
    $hithappen$16
    i'm personally a huge fan of his work and it's sad to hear that he's had such a negative experience. But with that said he should understand that it comes with the territory. There are a shitload of musicians who deal with this every day yet you'll still see them go on stage every day and play their hearts out. If the crowd bothers them they at least do their best to not show their discomfort. If he can't stand the heat then he should get out of the kitchen.
    headbang123
    Ok don't get me wrong I like Fall Out Boy a lot. But they so not handle critism very well. I mean look at bands like BVB or MCR. They get a crapload of hate on this site and just in general and they haven't quit. Part of being an artist is accepting critism.
    tonello
    I could give a shit. He's a second rate player in a third rate band. Much love to the two in The Damned Things. They're making some awesome music.
    crystalmonday80
    I feel kinda bad for Patrick, but at the same time i cant stand anything he's ever written. I dont know what to feel about him quitting music though.