Patrick Vaughn Stump of Fall Out Boy

Made up of bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist and vocalist Patrick Vaughn Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley, emo band Fall Out Boy has won the hearts of many (most are teenage girls wearing thick black eyeliner) with hits like “Dance, Dance,” “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.”
“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I think if you like something, you like it. And you should be proud of it.
My grandpa is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. By that, I don’t mean physically. I mean his personality. He is very honest and strong for whom he is. Like he had one of those bypass surgeries on his heart and the doctor told him he should take bed rest for a month or so. But later that week, he was already fixing the roof. That’s just kind of how he is.
Home, when I was a little kid, was my favorite place in the world. You get older and it changes. People move away. But when I was a little kid, home was amazing.
I think if I had to live without my ears, I would be miserable.
I’m proud of songs like “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Dance, Dance.” I love the songs. I think anytime you’re an artist, you definitely have some stuff that is more famous than others, and that’s alright with me.
The decision to work with Babyface and Jay Z for Infinitely on High was because we listen to a lot of their stuff. A lot of people respect them. And we just thought it would be cool. It was awesome—both the guys were geniuses. More than anything, we were just trying out different things. A lot of that came from me. Babyface pushes me as a singer to make my vocals better and Jay Z is just awesome.
I don’t really know what growth means. Sometimes, when you say you’ve grown or something, there’s the implication that you sound better, you’re more of a guy or you’ve become more mature. I don’t think it’s like that. I think to me, it’s just change. Infinity on High is different, but I am just as proud of this record as I am of Under The Cock Tree and Take This to Your Grave.
As a writer, I was kind of scared of what people would say about a lot of things that I wanted to do. And so, I wouldn’t have done them before. But in Infinity on High, I just did them. A lot of ideas in here were ideas I had at one time but I was too scared to show them.
I was a drummer. I played drums for over a year and that was what I played the most and knew the most. I have always been making music.
When I come out of the airport, there might be people waiting for me. And that feels weird. But you’re still yourself, you’re who you are and nothing is going to change that.
I like the attention on my music. I love that and I want people to care about the music. But I don’t really understand the attention on me. I really never fancy myself as someone interesting.
We all used to be vegetarians at one point. That was when we first started off as a band. Andy is the only one who still is all the time, but sometimes we will still eat vegetarian.
You just kind of grow up and change your mind about certain things. Andy got to a point where he decided to be a vegan. He doesn’t eat dairy. I got to the point where I wasn’t sure of what I thought anymore so we split off. But I have a lot of respect for him for doing that.”