Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Trohman ‘Stays Away’ From Band To Focus On Mental Health | CNN


Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman has announced that he is “stepping down” from the band for the sake of his mental health.

A statement from Trohman was posted on the band’s account. Twitter page on Wednesday night, along with a black-and-white photo of him playing the guitar.

The news came less than 24 hours after the band announced their new album “So Much (For) Stardust,” due for a March 24 release.

Expressing his hope that the breakup was only temporary, Trohman said: “Neil Young once howled that it is better to burn out than disappear.

“But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is terrible. Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. So, to avoid fading away and never coming back, I’m taking a break from work, which unfortunately includes getting away from Fall Out Boy for a while.”

He said that “it pains me to make this decision, especially when we are releasing a new album that fills me with pride,” but added that he would 100% return “to the fold.”

“In the meantime, I must recover, which means putting myself and my mental health first.”

The group’s co-founder thanked his bandmates, family and fans for “understanding and respecting this difficult but necessary decision.”

Last year, Trohman published his memoir called “None of This Rocks.” Published by Headline, the book covers, among other things, his struggle with depression and his mother’s mental illness.

Fall Out Boy, also made up of Andy Hurley, Peter Wentz and Patrick Stump, formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. Influenced by the city’s punk scene, they created a sound of pop punk music that is heard on their 2003 debut album “Take This to Your Grave”. A Grammy nominee for Best New Artist in 2006, his next album, “Infinity on High,” topped the Billboard chart at No. 1. His song “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007.

The group went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2009, but in 2013 released a secretly recorded album called “Save Rock and Roll.”

In an interview with CNN that year, Trohman said the four had “needed a little bit of time away from the band.”

He added: “Guys are notoriously bad at getting excited and communicating, and I think we had to learn how to do that. But also taking that time apart to be with our families, do other projects, work with different people, and experience different things allowed us to come back and realize that maybe we didn’t do this so well; maybe we should have talked more; maybe we shouldn’t have been so passive-aggressive; maybe this guy should have expressed his opinion more. I think we’re better at it, and it’s been very healthy for the band.”


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