The internet maelstrom about the future of Fall Out Boy, sparked by Patrick Stump’s statement to SPIN.com on Tuesday that he’s no longer in the band, took a subdued — and decidedly funny — turn in the past 24 hours, as bassist Pete Wentz joined a Twitter chorus that included Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, guitarist and girl-magnet John Mayer, and even Wentz’s wife, singer-actress Ashlee Simpson.
“It’s in the same place it ever was,” Wentz tweeted at a fan this morning about his band’s status. “For me, I’m just a really negative person. Yes, there is a chance it’ll work out, or not.”
“We[‘re] in the exact position we were when we decided to take a break,” Wentz added, referencing the band’s decision last November to put Fall Out Boy on the shelf for an undetermined period of time.
A spokesperson at Crush Management, who represent Fall Out Boy, echoed Pete’s tweet, telling SPIN.com this morning that there’s no change in the band’s status.
Nor is there a change in the band’s sense of humor. “Open try outs for Fall Out Boy,” Wentz tweeted last night. “Notice: contestants will be filmed and sent to an island of 14 year old girls where they will be voted off.” Later, he suggested an FOB-Jersey Shore collabo.
Meanwhile, Mayer and Hoppus, both friends of the band, Tweeted about the FOB hubbub:
“For the record: as of right now, I am also quitting Fall Out Boy,” Hoppus wrote, to which Mayer said, “I am replacing Mark Hoppus in Fall Out Boy,”
Later, Mayer added: “As de facto leader and bass player of Fall Out Boy, I am thrilled to announce Queensryche’s Geoff Tate is our new singer.”
Hoppus answered: “As of this moment, I am replacing John Mayer in the band ‘John Mayer.'”
Then Simpson joined in the Twitter fun: “OK, OK, I joined Fall Out Boy. The rider is white candles and caviar. We’re playing Lilith Fair … Argh, I quit Fall Out Boy too.”
What do you think? Is this all much ado about nothing, or is there real trouble in Fall Out Boy’s camp? Sound off below.