Fall Out Boy: 'We Want to Be Like Metallica'

Pop punks hoping to reach the status of metal giants.

Fall Out Boy: 'We Want to Be Like Metallica'
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Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz recently shared hopes for the band to become more like Metallica in certain terms.

Chatting with Radio.com, Pete was asked about the group's musical and business plans for the upcoming decade. Explaining how he still wants to learn a lot about marketing on the business side, the bassist switched to Metallica.

"Musically, I look at a band like Metallica and when people talk about Metallica, Metallica is the descriptor for the band, like when people say 'such-and-such band sounds like Metallica.' I would love to be a band where people say 'oh that band sounds like Fall Out Boy.' And I think that the way you do that is by creating a legacy and by remaining true to who you are and most importantly, just surviving," he explained.

During the rest of the chat, Pete focused on the gaming world and the band's signature Flappy Bird edition - "Fall Out Bird." The interviewer pulled out some interesting data, noting that the original Flappy Bird brings in $50,000 of daily income, adding that the creators of "Candy Crush" have a whopping $7 billion net worth.

"It makes me feel like I was one of those people that delivered their profit to them, I love playing 'Candy Crush,'" the bassist said. "To me it's inspiring when people come from left field with a vision that works and that can change the gaming model as they did. I remember reading an article on King and they had perfected this model of giving super positive feedback and then allowing users to buy levels and buy codes just when people were ready to break and that's really interesting to me. I don't think that that's something that Fall Out Boy or our games have considered."

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    MetalRock4ever
    'oh that band sounds like Fall Out Boy.' - Pete Wentz. They had that sound, and threw it away. Just saying...
    iammclovin
    I'd have to agree, can't blame a band for wanting to be huge and memorable but they really did change up the sound that I could identify as Fall Out Boy.
    dorpzot
    Aerosmith has a song title which applies pretty good here...
    TryTheKetchup
    benjixoath
    haha look at everyone getting so butthurt OMGZ HOW COULD THIS BAND EVER BE ANYTHING CLOSE TO BRUTALZ METALLICA! metallica are just a band too. AND GUESS WHAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT ACTUALLY LIKE FALL OUT BOY MORE THAN METALLICA :O ISN'T THAT A SCARY CONCEPT
    sca.smith
    People are saying that "they had their original sound, but threw it away", but you should also remember that Metallica did the same thing. They're still Fall out Boy, and after Load/ReLoad/St Anger, Metallica is still Metallica. Both bands still play their old, better stuff. That said, I feel that Fall Out Boy is a very forgettable band. I think that the majority of people who will continue to listen to FOB after their departure will be people who grew up listening to them in school. They don't have the impact on music like Metallica does, so they're nowhere near as 'in-your-face' as Metallica is when you're looking for new music to listen to.
    metalme31
    Fall Out Boy? Fall out boys. Your NEVER going to be ANYTHING like Metallica. PERIOD.
    DickHardwood
    What I got from it is that he wants them to have a signature sound, and compared it to how Metallica sounds. Why does everyone get their panties in a bunch every time Metallica is mentioned? They're an amazing band, obviously, but he didn't even say they wanna be them, just to get their own sound - which is impossible now that they sound like every other pop act there is at the moment.
    MattHessing
    I prefer FOB to Metallica. Bring it on.
    Guns N' Chains
    But you prefer Coheed over both, right?
    MattHessing
    This is true, I do prefer Coheed over both. Also I'd like to clarify that I wasn't trolling, I just genuinely don't like Metallica. But this is UG so I guess that automatically makes me a troll.
    MaggaraMarine
    No. Your comment was trolling because you were consciously trying to start a fight with your comment. It was an useless comment. You prefer FOB to Metallica? So what? Who cares? Good for you I guess.
    ericguitarfob09
    Exactly who does FOB sound like? Does "My Songs..." sound like any other band to you? What about "The Phoenix"? Do they really sound like "Everyone else" or are you just lazy in your criticism of them?
    i_am_metalhead
    I'm assuming that you didn't read the article. They aren't wanting to be anything like Metallica. They want to be to pop punk what Metallica is to metal. Also, I'm assuming you've never taken the time to get to know who the members are or their musical backgrounds. They are all pretty decent musicians and have played in hardcore and metal bands prior to the formation and after the hiatus of FOB.
    morbidguitar
    Anybody who says they want to be like Metallica should shut their mouths and focus on making music instead like Metallica did for the first few years, back when they were good.
    morbidguitar
    Is this Aril fools day #3? I cant even imagine how the author of this article could be remotely serious when typing this out. It makes no sense at all, and isn't even close to being news, or relevant to anything for that matter.