January 19, 2015

Fall Out Boy is about to release its sixth studio album, but singer Patrick Stump told Billboard that he never thought the group could get that far, “For a long time I was waiting for the band to fall off the rails so I could just go do whatever real thing I was supposed to do with my life. I assumed I’d go back to college, maybe end up teaching, and just do music as a hobby.”

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Stump added, however, that he’s grateful the band got a chance to come back in 2013 after a four-year hiatus, saying, “I don’t take for granted that we get a second chance. It’s like someone took out the video-game cartridge, blew into it, put it back in and started over again. The glitches are gone.”

Stump said that he never wanted to rest on the band’s laurels: “It’s one of those things where there are too many people that get celebrated for something and then stop doing it and revel in the fruits of their one-time labor. I don’t have time for that. I’m a musician and that’s why I got into music, so if I’m not making music, no one should celebrate me.”

Fall Out Boy was teetering on the edge of overexposure in 2009 when the group decided to take an indefinite break.

They returned in 2013 with Save Rock And Roll, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart and was the springboard for an 18-month arena tour.

The band’s new album, American Beauty/American Psycho, arrives on Tuesday (January 20th).

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Fall Out Boy will co-headline a massive tour this summer with rapper Wiz Khalifa, beginning on June 10th in Camden, New Jersey and finishing in Los Angeles on August 10th.