“It’s Like We’re Circling, Waiting To Land”: Pete Wentz Gives Update On Hella Mega Tour
With tour postponements and cancellations now going well into summer amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz has spoken about the band’s planned Hella Mega Tour with Green Day and Weezer – which is supposed to kick off in Paris on June 13 – admitting, “Nobody knows anything and it’s hard because we really want to do this tour.”
Speaking to NME, the bassist revealed that Fall Out Boy had gotten together before the pandemic to begin rehearsals for these stadium shows with Green Day and Weezer, excitedly looking ahead to their colossal tour dates in the UK, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand this year.
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“Two weeks before quarantine began, we got together and rehearsed our set with our staging, our video and our lights because it’s a stadium, so you can’t just do it the week before,” he said.
“Now it’s like we’re circling, waiting to land. Nobody knows anything and it’s hard because we really want to do this tour. It was a hard thing to orchestrate because there are three bands, you have to figure out who’s doing what and everyone had to really want to do it. I know as much as you do about what’s going to happen with it.”
It’s a sentiment Pete echoed in a recent Instagram Live chat with 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Michael Clifford, with the Fall Out Boy man stating, “We have a big tour, and it’s like, no-one knows, because the information keeps changing, right? To me, a lot of the time, it’s like the bands are the people that want to do the show maybe the most, and it’s about whether you can do it safely – like, you wait as long as possible to see if it’s possible.”
As well as wanting to keep everyone safe in the world right now, Fall Out Boy recently made a $100,000 donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
“Chicago is the city that we grew up in,” said Pete. “It’s important to us that we give back and support the community and local heroes who are on the frontlines any way we can. No act of kindness is too small right now. Check in with the people you love. Support the businesses you love if you can. Stay vigilant and hopeful. Everyone is affected by this, and we win by coming together and thinking of the world as bigger of ourselves.”
You can make a direct donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund here.
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