Here We Go. :(
My sad news comes from patrickstump.com. No, he's not dead. No, Brendon Urie didn't attack him (they toured together). No, Fall Out Boy hasn't magically gotten back together (Would that be sad news? Happy?)
Rather, Patrick has announced that he is taking a break from music. Apparently, critics and supposed-fans have absolutely detested his music. That makes me sad. He was a saving grace in this collapsing music industry. Through his efforts in Fall Out Boy, in the song-writing he did for various artists, and his solo career, Patrick made valiant strides to revolutionize the definition of what can make it on the Top-40 radio stations and what real music sounds like. He mentions in the blog post that Soul Punk (his full-length album) was 90% metaphors. Ask a mainstream artist (I'm thinking someone like Ke$ha) what a metaphor is and they'll probably just stare blankly back at you. The only metaphors they know are slang terms for genitalia. Sorry, but it's the truth.
I discovered Patrick's music through the P!ATD concert fiasco and realized he really was a serious musician. I feel bad for the guy. He said in the blog post that fans had mostly negative things to say about his music and his weight-loss. Fine, attack his music, we are all entitled to our opinions, but leave the weight out of it. You can't walk up to a fat person and be like "I liked you better skinny." That's considered harassment. So, you shouldn't be able to walk up to a once-heavy person and say "I liked you better fat." That's mean and unnecessary. Just because you bought concert tickets does not entitle you to the right to attack Patrick or any other artist. It's rude and I am thoroughly disgusted with whoever did that. You should be ashamed of yourself. I don't care how much of a Fall Out Boy fan you are/were; it doesn't matter. You don't get to parade and tell people (namely Patrick) that his old group was better. You weren't involved in the band so back off. Remember the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated. Is that how you would want Patrick to talk to you?
I wish Patrick would reconsider but I will respect his decision. Hopefully, he will change his mind, record again, and come back to Iowa....preferably sans Panic!.
Wishing you the best, Patrick! I loved your music and hope the future has fantastic things in store for you!
Until next week,