Hours after co-founding guitarist Joe Trohman announced that he took one indefinite break from Fall Out Boy due to mental health issues, the group performed as a trio on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday evening (Jan. 18). The band, with singer Patrick Stump playing lead guitar, stormed the stage foe the live debut of “Love From the Other Side,” the first single from their upcoming eighth album, So much (too) stardust (March 24).
The song began with only Stump and drummer Andy Hurley pounding away on stage, while bassist Pete Wentz strolled robotically through Kimmel the backstage area followed by an army of guys in black jeans and matching hoodies wearing wigs mimicking Wentz’s page boy cut. Upon reaching the studio, the crowd immediately began to take their seats and punch the air as Wentz tore off his wig to reveal a blonde ponytail.
“Sending my love from the other side of the apocalypse/ And I just broke, don’t look back/ Every lover’s got a little dagger in their hand,” Stump screamed urgently on the chorus of the first taste of the band’s upcoming album. Trohman plays on the new album, but appears to be stepping down ahead of promotion for the project; at press time, a spokesman for the group had not returned a request for information about a possible interim replacement.
Trohman has been with the band since its formation in the early 2000s in the Chicago suburbs along with singer Stump, Wentz and Hurley, and in an Instagram post on Wednesday he said: “Without giving away all the details, I have to reveal that my mental health has deteriorated rapidly over the past few years. So to avoid disappearing and never returning, I will be taking a break from work, which unfortunately includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”
As for whether he plans to return, the 38-year-old guitarist said: “Absolutely, one hundred percent. In the meantime, I have to recover, which means I’m putting myself and my mental health first.”
Watch FOB perform “Love From the Other Side” below.