As Fall Out Boy prepare their upcoming eighth studio album, So much (too) stardust (March 24), the veteran emo rockers are down with a crucial member. Following this week’s announcement that co-founding guitarist Joe Trohman takes a indefinite break due to mental health issues, the group performed as a power trio.
During Wednesday evening Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance to play the album’s first single, the supercharged “Love from the other side,” singer Patrick Stump played electric guitar alongside bassist Pete Wentz and drummer Andy Hurley, with Trohman’s bouncy, high-energy presence noticeably absent; the band has played without Trohman on stage before when the guitarist suffered a back injury. Although no tour dates have yet been announced for the band’s Stardust era, says a source close to FOB Billboard that there is a tentative plan to deal with Trohman’s absence.
Right now, the source says Trohman’s longtime guitar tech will “fill in and provide support” for any promotional appearances and any future tour dates that have yet to be determined. In fact, the technology has already appeared with FOB, whether you realized it or not, playing some of Trohman’s parts offstage during recent promo gigs.
Trohman plays on the new album, but will not participate in the promotion of the project. The guitarist has been with the band since its formation in the early 2000s in the suburbs of Chicago, along with singer Stump, Wentz and Hurley. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, he said: “Without giving away all the details, I have to reveal that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the last several years. So to avoid disappearing and never coming back, I will be holding 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.”