Fall Out Boy: ‘We plan on being a band for a long time’

Reunited group hit out at ticket touts in online statement

Fall Out Boy have promised fans that they’ll be “a band for a long time”, as they take on ticket touts.

Last week, the band announced that they were reuniting, after being on an official hiatus since 2009, to release new album ‘Save Rock And Roll’ in May. Alongside the new album, Fall Out Boy also revealed a string of US tour dates and a one-off UK gig at London’s Underworld venue in Camden on February 25.

Following a rush for tickets to catch the reunited band, Pete Wentz and co released a statement on their official Tumblr denouncing ticket touts who snapped up briefs, and assured fans who didn’t get a ticket this time that they’ll have plenty of opportunities in the future.

In a statement, they wrote: “We’d rather play to 10 excited people than 30,000 who are disappointed at having to pay two months’ rent to be there. We’re not saying this to fix PR or because we want to protect the ‘Integrity’, of our ‘Brand name’, but because we’re fans of music ourselves and we remember getting screwed by scalpers too.

“To anybody who managed to get legitimate tickets to our shows, we’re so excited to see you. To the rest of you, we plan on being a band for a long time. Hopefully this isn’t your only chance to see us and hopefully by the time you do, there’s some better way to fight back against scalping.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced last week that Fall Out Boy will will be playing on the Main Stage at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals. Speaking about performing at the August bank holiday weekender, Wentz said: “Those are the biggest crowds we’ve ever played in front of ever and I never thought I’d be able to play there again. It’ll be awesome.”

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