Pete Wentz looks to life without Fall Out Boy

Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:26pm EDT
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By Edward Krudy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rockers Fall Out Boy may have called a time out on music, but bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz isn't wasting his celebrity status. At 30, he is now an author, entrepreneur, charity spokesman -- and a smiling dad.

Wentz, who was propelled to fame when Fall Out Boy's mix of energetic, guitar-powered music and angst-ridden lyrics found a home with frustrated suburban U.S. youth, is on a break after the band decided in February to temporarily call it quits.

That means no more Fall Out Boy -- at least for a while, said Wentz, but he did not rule out the band coming back.

"Rather than get to the stage where we would break up or not be friends with each other, we chose to just take a break," Wentz told Reuters. "If and when we come back it will be for the right reasons, because it's fun again, (because) we want to be on tour."

The success of Fall Out Boy was built on its inspiration from likes of punk band The Descendants, pop punk outfit Green Day, as well as The Smiths. Their 2005 album "From Under the Cork Tree," reached double platinum status after selling more than 2.5 million copies.

Wentz now talks about an aversion to being pigeonholed as a musical artist, no matter what future projects he performs.

"Why do I have to be limited by something that has this 4-4 time signature," he said, referring to the beat of most pop music.

"I have ideas that extend beyond that and I guess I scratched a lottery ticket enough that, because of my band, people let me do these (other) ideas, and some of them are good, some of them are not so good," he added.   Continued...