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".

Fall Out Boy Frontman Quits Music
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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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    raw_sugar80
    I've gotta give the guy some credit for recognizing 'Hey, I'm not cut out for dealing with the stress and criticism' and bowing out, instead of going all batshit about it.
    postmortem2006
    Sorry, but anybody who quits because they were faced with criticism just isn't cut out for the music industry. Admittedly, most haters are a bunch of morons, but the point stands. I think his work is shit, but I feel for him to a degree. Quitting music is something I've considered, albeit for different reasons, and it's a big bloody step to take so I always pussied out. If he feels things are that bad for him then I really can't help but feel for the fella.
    jholliss92
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    you are the definition of the musical snobbery that so blights the industry
    slaveskinJACKET
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    Well, I'll be damned. I never realized that most musicians weren't actually musicians.
    rob904
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    That's not even creative trolling
    Krieger91
    Seriously, this kinda like hiding in you room all your life 'cause a few kids don't like you. Newsflash: you can't possibly be liked by everyone. It's completely impossible.
    strat0blaster
    "Musician quits because not everyone likes his music." Doesn't sound so heart-rending now, does it? Here's a shocking fact; no band has a unanimous fan base, and no band ever will.
    bigboo71289
    "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."
    mka12992
    If anyone actually took the time to read his blog post, they'd realize how inaccurate this article/headline is. He never said that he was quitting music for good. He said that he's sure he will get back to it, but at the moment he has taken the time to pursue other things (due in part to all the backlash).
    MegadethFan18
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    Watch out everyone, we've got a bad ass over here. I never really liked FOB, but this sucks. A bunch of jealous haters brining a Man down. I'll never understand people who say hateful stuff. If you don't like it move on. There's loads of stuff I don't like but I don't take to the internet to complain about it I ignore it and do stuff I like. Sure I didn't listen to his work but tons of other people did so this sucks for them.
    yogui
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    With a comment like that, you should quit living
    alestorm666
    Thats the thing about pop-punk, it rarely has the staying power of other genres. You can't imagine that he would enjoy performing This aint a scene when he's 40. Still, Patrick is a decent musician and a good singer, I would have enjoyed to see him form a better band than FOB, but if he wants to retire thats his decision.
    MetalRock4ever
    After fob, I was sad that he started going into hiphop or rnb, but I never hated him. His 'Spotlight' single was awesome, he's a great musician. Those who hate him simply don't like change. He became thin, it was his own choice. Doesn't mean idiots have to say that they miss his fat. He doesn't deserve this and you haters can't talk. How famous are you? I doubt you are... This is good talent wasted. Thnks fr the memories patrick.
    Mack888
    He's really taken what audiences have said to heart. He got slammed and now he's quit... Perhaps if people shout loud enough, we won't have to listen to anymore crap collaborations between Brian May and Dappy!
    Slaytan666
    Two-Five-One wrote: Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions.
    With an attitude like that, you are not qualified to call anyone else a douchebag..
    malstag21
    I'm not a fan or hater of this guy or FOB so really, I could care less about what course he takes in his life, but come one, the biggest names in music have taken huge criticism over the years (Metallica, KISS, among others). Haters are no reason to quit; as a matter of fact, you should keep going just to piss them off more.
    Mr. Baloonhands
    isn't giving in to criticisms like the ONE thing you should never do or pay attention to when your a musician? you don't see Lou Reed giving up anytime soon because of Lulu
    Tallica9000
    As someone who appreciates progressive musicians, I think that losing old fans who don't adapt to your music is a GOOD thing. It means you are trying something different and not stagnating making the same album over and over. Don't call yourself a fan of the band if you don't appreciate where they go musically; call yourself a fan of their debut album. That said, I am not a fan of this guy or anything he's done.
    Paddy McK
    Sounds like his fans are extremely superficial to complain about his appearance. He should really be able to cope with it though
    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.
    iommi600
    So, he can't deal with criticising and "haters" and just "quit music"? Seriously, I'm not in any way trying to be offensive here to the fans of this guy but... what a complete pussy. Breaking news, this world has 7 billion people living on it. They have different musical tastes and every musician on Earth needs to deal with "hating" and criticising from someone.
    Sid McCall
    You know, he didn't actually 'quit.' That's just dodgy UG Yellow Journalism. If you read his blog post (it's really really interesting) he clearly states that he is still doing work-for-hire music stuff, and he is open to playing with FOB again and all that stuff. UG should be ashamed of the misleading messages they promote. Oh well.
    Minivirus2
    at no other point in my professional career was I nearly booed off stages for playing new songs
    This says a lot about your fanbase. I've never seen this happen at any shows I've been to, mainly due in part to the fact that fans should be buying conert tickets knowing full well that new material will be played. If your fanbase feels they can dictate what songs you play live, maybe you need to consider a stylistic change which will lead to a more reputable fanbase. Or you could just quit, I suppose.
    vabrownsfan89
    [quote]Haha what a douche bag, he should have never taken a job he isn't qualified for. Personally I don't recognize anyone who hasn't finished a music academy as a musician, with only a few exceptions./quote] with a screen name like two-five-one i can only assume you're an overly technical and pretentious jazz guitarist. enjoy playing to no one for the rest of your illustrious career. As far as Stump goes, when you're getting boo'd off stage every time you try and play new songs by people who paid money to come see you, thats probably a good indication you should quit music.
    cyanide02
    I've got a mixed opinion on this. I'm by no means a huge fan of his solo or FOB stuff. I find it sad that he wants to quit music because of (excessive?) criticism because unfortunately jealous people don't like to see people succeed. But then at the same like, like a few people have said, if you're going to be a musician, or any form of artist for that matter, you've got to be prepared to have people hating on you for whatever reason.
    dabassman77
    Oh no what are we going to do without Patrick Stump? Better throw out my iPod because it will be useless without new music from him
    Paul*Stanley
    Ah, this sucks. While I didn't really like Soul Punk, Patrick's got a good voice and Fall Out Boy is kind of nostalgic for me. I wish it wouldn't affect him as much, but people are dicks.
    metalmagic
    Am I really the only one who didn't mind FOB? I mean yea they weren't the greatest but they had some good songs and they were way better than so many other bands that were out at that time and are out now. And even without that, Patrick Stump does not deserve the crap he's been getting or a lot of the shit he's getting on these comments. He got ask to join a band, he wrote music he liked, it happened to get successful, what's the big deal? He certainly didn't do anything to deserve threats in the mail or people wishing he would get hit by a truck.
    Iommianity
    MrFlibble wrote: ITT: metal kiddies and elitist snobs talk shit about someone they don't know saying things they haven't understood about a subject they have no real experience in.
    Not just in this thread, but in real life. And I doubt if he's getting booed by FOB fans that they're metal kiddies or elitists, because they're at a Patrick Stump concert in the first place
    Salvo416
    This is too bad. I did like infinity on high. I understand why he wants to retire though, his stuff after wasn't too good honestly.
    rocker222
    this is a clear case of trolls winning. congratulations guys..... WE DID IT!!!!!
    seljer
    I totally bet this leads to copius commercial profit from having a "comeback" in a year and a half
    Black Ox
    What a tool. I'm pretty sure Mustaine has taken more heat than this guy and is still going strong.
    benjy118
    Even though I don't like his music, it's sad that a fellow musician has to stop doing what they love because people love to hate.
    noilly
    Imagine if Metallica had quit when people didn't like lulu, then we wouldn't have as amazing albums as *insert all future metallica albums here*